MA by Research in Politics

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

Overview

The MA by Research in Politics (Cornwall) has been developed to allow you to undertake a 12-month research project in an area of interest to you. The flexibility of the programme allows students to transfer to an MPhil or PhD programme at a later stage. The programme is not only an appropriate route for transfer to MPhil and, after successful upgrading, to PhD, it also provides clear evidence to employers (whether professional or academic) that you are able to conduct in-depth and original research within a prescribe timescale.

The award of MA by Research in Politics (Cornwall) is ideal if you wish to research an area of interest within a 12 month period. The research will be closely supervised and related to the research interests of a member of staff in the Politics Penryn team.

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

Our Politics faculty at our innovative and contemporary Penryn Campus are engaged in world-leading research and offer a challenging but friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your own research interests.

Our research in Exeter is funded by leading research councils and is used by governments and networks around the world. We are currently involved in four major international research projects funded by UK research councils and the European Commission. Members of staff have been engaged in international collaborative research on electoral democracy, citizenship and identity, radicalisation, cities in conflict, ethical statecraft, global governance and regulatory policy.

Our main research strengths lie in public policy and administration, international relations, Middle East politics, political theory and European and comparative politics. All our full-time members of staff are research active with their work published in highly ranked international journals and by major academic and university presses such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Cornell and Paris.

We are especially interested in applications in the following areas:

  • Politics of identity
  • Security studies
  • Feminist IR / gender and identity
  • Social movements / protest
  • Political participation and elections
  • Environmental politics
  • Militarism
  • Regional economic development
  • Chinese politics
  • The European Union
  • Political psychology
  • Pro-environmental behaviour change
  • The public policy process
  • Foreign policy

Structure

Our Masters by Research Students will be fully integrated into our developing network of post-graduate research students, and will be given the capacity to organise bespoke workshops and visiting speakers.

The MA by Research Politics (Penryn) 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.

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

Our Masters by Research Students will be fully integrated into our developing network of post-graduate research students, and will be given the capacity to organise bespoke workshops and visiting speakers.

The MA by Research Politics (Penryn) 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.