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International Relations MA by Research

Course Description

The Department of Political and Cultural Studies (PCS) boasts a dynamic research environment with a committed staff all of whom are research-active. Academic members of staff on the International Relations programme have a very considerable range of research interests on which we offer supervision for research degrees.

Key Features

An MA by Research in International Relations gives you the chance to pursue a major research project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia. It will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your choosing within International Relations and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.

Typically, 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 on the MA by Research in International Relations 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 in International Relations 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 for which staff in PCS can provide supervision. It is a good idea to enter into discussions about your research project with the Department's Director of Postgraduate Research, Professor Roland Axtmann (), before drawing up an initial proposal and starting the application process.

In the area of International Relations and Development Studies, the department has expertise in:

International Security and Strategic Studies
The international politics of space
Gender, childhood and child soldiers
North- and South East Asia
West Africa
Transitional justice and international crimes
Post-war reconstruction
Multi-nationals and corporate social responsibility
Governance and international development, including aid policy and practice
The role of civil society organisations in development contexts
Human rights and international development
History of military thought and military culture
European diplomatic history

Visit the International Relations MA by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students for the International Relations MA by Research should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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