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Politics, Languages and International Studies (MPhil)

Course Description

Qualifications and durations
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme will enable you to conduct supervised research into your chosen topic and produce a written thesis (typically up to 70,000 words). You can complete the MPhil in 1 to 3 years (full-time) or up to 4 years (part-time).


Most students are registered in the first instance for the degree of MPhil. Students are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/poli-lang-and-inte-stud-mphi/

Doctoral Training Centres

This programme is recognised as being part of the following ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/study-with-us/south-west-doctoral-training-centre/) Political Science & International Studies discipline-specific pathway.

This programme also forms a core part of the South, West & Wales Doctoral Partnership (SWWDTP) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/study-with-us/south-west-wales-doctoral-training-partnership/).

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.

Our graduate prospects have been consistently ranked among the best in the UK.

Our wide-range of programmes enables graduates to find employment in many different fields. Some examples include:

Diplomatic service
International organisations
Multinational corporations
Policy-forming institutes
The language services of the United Nations and European Union

Many of our undergraduate programmes include a year abroad or placement year. These are highly valued by employers and will give you an edge in the competitive job market when you graduate.

Specialist interpreting laboratories
Language laboratories
Online international TV streaming service
Self Access Language Centre (SALC)
European Community and European Union publications
Extensive local archive collections relating to research programmes in French and German politics
Departmental film library

Our Foreign Languages Centre (http://www.bath.ac.uk/flc/) offers a wide range of language courses at different level that students can also choose to follow.

The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/asc/) provides Academic English classes and support for international students.

Our Research

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.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/research-programmes/how-to-apply/

Visit the Politics, Languages and International Studies (MPhil) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. When considering applications, we also take the following into account: extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in commerce, or industry, or in teaching, or in a government establishment, together with authorship of papers or other work of an acceptable academic standard, e.g. published translation.

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