Focusing on important contemporary issues such as globalisation, governance and inequality as well as other societal challenges, students of this programme will acquire a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research skills enabling a comprehensive assessment of the impact of such issues on the global political economy.
This cross-disciplinary Masters degree, with offerings from Management, Economics, Politics, Geography and Accounting, offers students an incredibly diverse and intellectually stimulating perspective on how each area directly impacts on the global political economy. And, utilising new international data sources and methods, students will also learn how to fully comprehend, analyse and address issues affecting the global political and economic landscape.
Ideal for students interested in a variety of careers including government, the private sector, think tanks, policy-making and charities. This new programme is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) and provides students with the opportunity to achieve outstanding career credentials.
This programme is available for study 12 months full-time or 24 months part time. The course is delivered collaboratively by the University of Exeter, University of Bristol and the University of Bath as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Students can elect to study optional modules at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol or Bath.
During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.
Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; International Political Economy; Research Methods; Interdisciplinary Research Design; Dissertation; Quantitative Research Methods.
Some examples of recent modules are as follows; Macroeconomics; Principles of International Business; The Politics of Global Capitalism; Political Economy of Food and Agriculture; Leading, Managing and Developing People; Sustainable Enterprise Economy; Resourcing and Talent Management; International Human Resource Management; Consumption, Markets & Culture; Quantitative Research Techniques 2; International Trade and Regional Integration; Corporate Governance, Reporting and Regulation; Principles of International Taxation.
The MA by Research in Strategy and Security has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you within a shorter timeframe than a MPhil or PhD.
The award of an MA by Research will provide clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research and to produce original material within a prescribed timescale. It is ideal both for those who want to pursue careers with a significant research element and for those already in such forms of employment who are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project without taking a career break.
The MA by Research is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD and successful students have the option to transfer to an MPhil or PhD on completion. If you are interested in converting to an MPhil or PhD at a later stage, the MA by Research is also sufficiently flexible to allow you to do so.
As there is no taught element to the MA, students can complete their research projects via distance learning. Regular supervision and advice will be made available to all students undertaking the MA but distance needs will be accommodated by web-based communication as well as face-to-face supervision. As members of the Strategy and Security Institute, students on the MA by Research will also be offered opportunities to attend some of our key events at no additional cost. These will include our annual RUSI-based policy workshop and Crisis Watch Conference.
A Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words. Your dissertation will not need to constitute an original contribution to knowledge but it will need to provide evidence that you have worked at the current limits of understanding of the subject. There is no taught element, so dedication and enthusiasm for your subject are essential. As with other research students, you may be required to sit in on all or parts of certain modules though. This will follow an initial analysis of your training needs and proposed topic.
Full support for your project will be offered to you throughout. You will be supervised in preparing your thesis by a member of staff with expertise appropriate to your chosen area of study, and, by prior agreement you’ll be provided with access to one of the SSI's honorary fellowship network.
The MA by Research in Politics has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you, within a shorter timeframe than the MPhil or PhD. If you are interested in converting to an MPhil or PhD at a later stage, the MA by Research is sufficiently flexible to allow you to do so.
The award of MA by Research is clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research to produce original material within a prescribed timescale. It is also an appropriate route to a PhD and successful students have the option to transfer to an MPhil or PhD on completion.