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).
The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, where successful graduates could proceed onto a PhD in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies.
If applying for an MRes + PhD (the 1 + 3 programme) you should indicate on the Application Form, your preferred PhD route.
Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).
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
Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.
Methods of assessment
Assessment consists of a combination of assignments, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations.
We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.
Graduates from the MRes Politics and International Studies will be able to pursue a wide range of careers or progress to a research degree.
About the department
The Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/polis/) is one of the largest departments in the University.
Many staff are leading scholars in their field and are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.
International and industrial links - Our department has links with 22 Erasmus partner institutions, as well as universities in Russia and Mexico. - Research students regularly engage in fieldwork abroad, especially in the countries of the European Union, but also in Russia, Latin America and the United States. - Students on the Euromasters programme study at two or three different sites in either Europe or the USA. - In the case of the MA Interpreting & Translating and the MA Translation & Professional Language Skills, a number of work placements in Western Europe are made available to students in the language services of international organisations, government departments and commercial enterprises.
Experts from our department are publishing regularly in the most highly ranked international journals.
Our academic expertise and research activities are organised into three broad Research Clusters: - Conflict, Security & International Order - Governance, Citizenship & Policy - Memory, History & Identity
International collaboration: Many staff are internationally leading scholars in their field. We are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.
Projects are funded by a variety of bodies such as:
- Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) - European Commission Framework Programme - Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Stimulating cutting edge research: Our diversity and the disciplinary mix of political science, political theory, policy analysis, social anthropology, political sociology and others make for a very stimulating environment for students to develop their own research projects.
The integration of our research community is further enhanced through the International Relations & European Politics (IREP) postgraduate group.