International Relations and Security MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a good 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant field of study.
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Module details

Students study one 30-credit core module and one 30-credit research training module, culminating in a 120 credit dissertation.

Compulsory modules

International Relations Theories (POLI132)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To understand the main theories in the international relations literature; A bility to apply these theories to their specific fields of research interest.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Possess a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknessess of the key theories of international relations

(LO2) Ability to apply International Relation theories to key issues in international relations.

(S1) Information skills - Information accessing:Locating relevant information, identifying and evaluating information sources.

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

Research Project Development By Directed Study (HLAC503)
Level1
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:50
Aims

To provide a focus for students' knowledge of recent methodological and theoretical  developments in their chosen field and facilitate their acquisition of relevant subject knowledge;   To provide a framework within which to design a feasible research project; To arrive in a position to begin a piece of independent study,  with confidence, within appropriate scholarly conventions.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The student will gain the knowledge and skills needed to design a robust research project.

(LO2) The student's academic development will benefit from exploring the topic of his/her research with an acknowledged expert in the field.

(LO3) The student will be prepared to undertake a major piece of independent research.

(LO4) The student will be prepared to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - reflective practice

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S5) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

Hlc Research Masters Dissertation (HLAC501)
LevelM
Credit level120
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide the guidance and support to allow the student to complete a major piece of independent study to a high standard;

To encourage the student to develop as a member of a scholarly research community through providing opportunitie to integrate within that community.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By completing a project successfully the student will have made a contribution to scholarly research and / or methodological development in their chosen field.

(LO2) The student will have gained a good understanding of the conventions of scholarly research in their area of study and be able to work appropriately within these conventions.

(LO3) The student will have demonstrated a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

(LO4) The student will have demonstrated self-direction and originality in identifying and addressing problems and ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing a project to a high level of competency.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S6) Research skills - All Information skills

(S7) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

(S8) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

(S9) Research skills - Ethical awareness

(S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience