Taught course

Politics & International Studies

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. In addition, the PoLIS Department also takes into account: Extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in commerce, or industry, or in teaching, or in a government establishment, together with authorship of papers or other work of an acceptable academic standard, e.g. published translation.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters of Research (MRes) programme provides students with the required research skills and methodologies to allow them to successfully undertake a doctoral degree. The breadth and depth of the skills provided also enables students to pursue a wide range of careers in European politics.

The programme consists of two semesters of taught courses and a dissertation module during which students write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice and under the supervision of an experienced member of staff.

Our MRes programmes are fully recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

Programme Structure:
Students will study a range of core units in qualitative and quantitative methods whilst also developing skills in social research.

Programme specific units include:
The politics of sustainability: environmental security and international relations
The European Union's common foreign and security and defence policy
Europe in global politics
Concepts and theories in the study of contemporary European politics

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 92 (internet based test) with at least 21 in Writing, 21 in Listening, 22 in Reading, 23 in Speaking.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#polis
International students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#polis

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (studentships and scholarships) for postgraduate students. For more information, please visit our website.

This programme is recognised as being part of the Political Science & International Studies Discipline Pathway, in the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). Applicants to this programme are therefore able to apply for ESRC-funded 1+3 studentships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 383037