Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Politics or a related discipline. Find out more about how to apply for our postgraduate taught courses.

Months of entry


Course content

If you wish to develop skills in policy analysis and to further a research career in academia, in the civil service or the private and voluntary sectors, then this programme is designed with your interests in mind. This exciting MRes degree provides you with an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of policy processes, and a grounding in research methods up to PhD level.

How are policy decisions made and implemented? What are the implications of adopting an ‘evidence-based’ approach to policy evaluation? These are the sorts of questions that you will explore in both theoretical and practical terms on this engaging programme.
You’ll also explore the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in public policy, such as european politics, international relations, political theory and global security and development. Our faculty members have internationally-recognised research strengths in the politics of the developing world and critical theory and continue to conduct research on constantly changing policy issues and organise free events throughout the year - giving you front-row access to groundbreaking research in action.
This MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme currently taught in conjunction with the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) and is an approved pathway for ESRC 1+3 PhD studentship funding and ideal for those see.
  • Four compulsory modules
  • 12,000 word dissertation
Programme changes for 2020
At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

Fees and funding

There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

Our Advice and Counselling service offers specialist support on financial issues, which you can access as soon as you apply for a place at Queen Mary. Before you apply, you can access our funding guides and advice on managing your money:
Queen Mary alumni get a £1,000 discount on their fees. Find out more about the Alumni Loyalty Award.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Politics and International Relations
+44 (0)20 7882 8587