This course is designed for students who wish to enhance their skills of research in the area of politics and/or international relations, whether in preparation for a PhD or for a research career in think tanks, government departments, or elsewhere.
You will receive training in a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and in philosophy of social science. Beyond this core, you will have freedom to tailor the course to suit your particular research interests by taking any of the modules from across our MA courses. You also write a specialist research dissertation in consultation with an expert supervisor.
See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/politics-and-international-relations-pg/mres-politics-and-international-relations.aspx
• Introduction to Research Methods
• Advanced Research Methods
• Philosophy of Social Science
What career can you have?
Our graduates have gone into many walks of life, from UK Ambassador, military officer, members of the SAS or intelligence analyst, to banker, political analyst, university lecturer, staff college lecturer, journalist, official in an international organisation, or policeman. Others have gone into industry, teaching, local government administration, work for charitable foundations or parliament. Our courses give both a deep understanding of the specific subject matter and a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a wide variety of future careers.
Collaborate with academics who have personal experience of public policy, working for and in government departments and international organisations (including NATO), or as advisers to government (including in the UK, the US, France, Italy and Germany).
The level of our research has been recognised by visiting professorships at leading universities in other countries, high citations indices, and the translation of staff’s works into other languages.
You will have maximum exposure to leading scholars in small-unit teaching. Seminar sizes vary from five or fewer to around 15 students. We also have leading practitioners as guest speakers, and close relationships with other departments with converging interests in international relations, strategic studies, wars, their origins, and the resolution of conflicts.
We have more contact hours with our students than most other Politics departments in the country, resulting in a high degree of student satisfaction. We also offer many opportunities to develop your transferable skills for your future career.
A 2:1 or equivalent at BA level. You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.