MA by Research in Politics

Duration Full time 1-2 years
Part time 2-3 years
Discipline
  • Politics
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September or January

Overview

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 two year MPhil or three year PhD. It is available for study 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. 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 programme is ideal if you wish to research an area of interest within a 12 month period. 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.

Our research web pages provide details of research topics and centres within the department. You can also view staff profiles for more details of the research interests of individual members of academic staff.

Research areas

With over thirty members of faculty engaged in world-leading research and more than ninety research students currently enrolled, we offer a challenging but friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your own research interests.

Our research led teaching is organised in clusters of faculty with specialisms in:

  • Comparative Political Behaviour & Institutions
  • Public Policy
  • International Studies
  • Political Theory

All academic staff in the department are active within at least one of these groups.  Postgraduate students, whether working on their own or within larger projects led by staff members, are also integral members of clusters. Public Policy and Political Theory have journals associated with them and operate their own research seminars. 

In addition to the clusters, there are also a number of University and School research centres which are more focussed and integrated, in many cases with external funding.

There is a joint departmental research seminar which hosts visiting speakers and provides a forum for discussion of staff research papers.

Structure

The MA by Research Politics is available for study 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

A Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up 40,000 words. You will be supervised in preparing your thesis by a member of staff with expertise appropriate to your chosen area of study. The dissertation will not need to constitute an original contribution to knowledge but will need to provide evidence that you have worked at the current limits of understanding of the subject.

Unlike a taught Masters degree, there is no taught element, so dedication and enthusiasm for your subject are essential.

Entry requirements 2017

You should have a good first degree either in Politics or another subject that could prepare you for a research project within the Department of Politics.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Learning

The taught components of the programme are delivered in small seminar groups where the emphasis is on your gaining of skills and understanding, and where you are encouraged to express your own views.

The programme gives you the flexibility to shape your own research in an area of particular interest to you. Our academics have a very wide range of research interests and supervision can be arranged in most fields of legal study. There is particular expertise in European and international law, commercial and common law, English legal history and professional legal studies. There is an active programme of research seminars, with weekly talks given by visiting speakers, staff and postgraduates.

As a postgraduate research student you will also be able to take advantage of the University's Researcher Development Programme.

Assessment

The compulsory module, and any optional module you select, will be assessed in a variety of ways including reflective log, essay plan, essay, and formative assessment. Your written thesis, of up to 40,000 words, will also be assessed via a viva voce examination.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £15,950 full-time

Funding

Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.

Funding opportunities

Find out about current funding opportunities for our Politics research programmes.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Contact us

The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community.

The Graduate Research School helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. Our team supports both prospective and current postgraduate research students.

The Graduate School website provides useful information for prospective PhD students including information on the following:

We are always willing to answer queries and provide help wherever possible, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Phone: +44(0) 1392 724490
Email: ssis-researchadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

 

Structure

The MA by Research Politics is available for study 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

A Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up 40,000 words. You will be supervised in preparing your thesis by a member of staff with expertise appropriate to your chosen area of study. The dissertation will not need to constitute an original contribution to knowledge but will need to provide evidence that you have worked at the current limits of understanding of the subject.

Unlike a taught Masters degree, there is no taught element, so dedication and enthusiasm for your subject are essential.

Learning

The taught components of the programme are delivered in small seminar groups where the emphasis is on your gaining of skills and understanding, and where you are encouraged to express your own views.

The programme gives you the flexibility to shape your own research in an area of particular interest to you. Our academics have a very wide range of research interests and supervision can be arranged in most fields of legal study. There is particular expertise in European and international law, commercial and common law, English legal history and professional legal studies. There is an active programme of research seminars, with weekly talks given by visiting speakers, staff and postgraduates.

As a postgraduate research student you will also be able to take advantage of the University's Researcher Development Programme.

Assessment

The compulsory module, and any optional module you select, will be assessed in a variety of ways including reflective log, essay plan, essay, and formative assessment. Your written thesis, of up to 40,000 words, will also be assessed via a viva voce examination.