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The Department of Political and Cultural Studies (PCS) boasts a dynamic research environment with a committed staff all of whom are research-active in the field of Politics. Academic members of staff within Politics have a very considerable range of research interests on which we offer supervision for research degrees.
An MA by Research in Politics gives you the chance to pursue a major research project based around your own passions and interests in Politics, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia. The MA by Research in Politics will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your choosing in Politics and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics in the field of Politics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.
Typically, as a student of the Politics research programme you will work closely with your supervisors, meeting them regularly, in many instances fortnightly, in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.
Students enrolled in the MA by Research Politics are required to attend skills and training courses at College and University level. You may also be expected to give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and attend the postgraduate conference of the College of Arts and Humanities which is held in October.
The MA by Research Politics is ideal for those who want:
- an MA qualification in areas where taught programmes are not offered;
- the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD at the outset.
Research proposals are invited on any topic in Politics for which staff in PCS can provide supervision. It is a good idea to enter into discussions about your research project in Politics with the Department's Director of Postgraduate Research, Professor Roland Axtmann ([email protected]), before drawing up an initial proposal and starting the application process.
At any one time, the Politics department has over forty research students who work together with their supervisors on their projects.
Staff expertise in the empirical study of Politics lies in the analysis of comparative political institutions; comparative elections; political parties; public sector reform; comparative liberal politics; UK politics; territorial politics; devolution; centre-regional/local relations; public policy; communism and post-communism; democratization; multi-level governance; European integration and European Union politics and policy; genocide; UN and international drugs policy.
In the field of history of political thought, political philosophy and political theory, there is research expertise in European political thought; democratic theory; political and moral philosophy; Ludwig Wittgenstein; neo-Kantian ethics; human rights; just war theory and international ethics; philosophy of religion; philosophical anthropology; postcolonialism and Orientalism.
The course aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to deliver community planning (integrated service provision), manage performance and change, and appreciate the dynamic forces that shape the relationship between people and place through spatial planning, as well as facilitate the personal and intellectual development of students to help them create the conditions for enhancing social, economic and environmental well-being.
Within this overall aim, the course will enable successful students to engage with, understand and debate:
The programme is delivered by the School of the Built Environment, in association with the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies.
The PgDip/MSc in Community Planning and Governance gives graduates the opportunity to specialise in the fields of public service delivery and place-shaping, and has been designed to provide valuable insight into the evolving relationship between people and place to help create the conditions for enhancing social, economic and environmental well-being. The programme is centred on contemporary governance and performance management debates. Particularly, the programme explores: the models and outcome based approaches of integrated service delivery; the integrative relationship between land use planning and community planning; how to create inclusive and empowered communities for shaping resilient places; and, how devolution and localism are influencing how places are governed.
It is an innovative programme bringing together knowledge from the disciplines of spatial planning, local government, leadership and change management, and community development, to offer a programme designed for those wishing to develop specialist and transferable skills to implement new models of service delivery, successful collaborative working, and span sectoral and organisational boundaries.
This full-time programme requires the following attendance, which leads to the following qualifications:
Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Membership.
The programme is intended to prepare participants to act as managers, administrators and professional advisers in the public, private and community sectors. There is a strong demand for well-educated individuals who appreciate the changing collaborative working context between professionals and citizens, can influence how places and services are shaped, and understand the opportunities and challenges for delivering and enhancing social, economic and environmental well-being outcomes. Opportunities also exist within the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) for PhD studies in a wide range of community planning and spatial planning related topics.