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Programme description

The MRes in International Relations focuses on analysing the key theoretical and empirical issues and concepts in international relations.

You will discuss the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in international relations. You will also undertake a critical survey of the main theories associated with the study of international politics.

It is primarily concerned with the varying theoretical explanations for why things happen in world politics. In addition, the programme will provide students with advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods to support research leading to the degrees of MPhil/PhD.
Programme outline

The programme is built around the core modules �Theories of International Relations, and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. The research methods module is designed to provide research students with essential politics research training skills to support research leading to the degrees of MPhil/PhD. In the first semester you will take Theories of International Relations and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. In the second semester you will continue with the research methods module and take one further module from the options listed below.

Core modules:

* Theories of International Relations (30 credits)
* Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (60 credits)
* Dissertation (60 credits)

Module options include:

* Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development
* International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
* International Public Management
* Globalisation and International Relations
* Issues in Democratisation
* The International Relations of the Middle East
* Ideas and Power in Spanish America 1512-Now
* Policy Analysis for the Developing World
* Themes and Cases in US Foreign Relations
* The Americas in Comparative Perspective I: Historical Roots
* The Americas in Comparative Perspective II: Modern Politics and Society
* Sovereignty and Intervention in International Politics

Please note availability of module options are confirmed at the start of the academic year.

Visit the MRes International Relations page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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