Politics MRes

 
  

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Qualification
MRes Politics
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent)
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Other requirements
You will need a research proposal, two academic references, a supporting statement, and academic transcripts

Research overview

The MRes is a course that offers general research training for those intending to pursue a PhD or a career that requires research skills. On an MRes course you will submit a dissertation, undertake generic research training and have the option to take some relevant taught modules.

The programme structure is designed to allow you to undertake a flexible and enjoyable research project. The core of the degree is a 30,000-35,000-word research based dissertation.

There is a possibility to combine this work with specialist training in a chosen subject area from among a wide range of options available in this and other schools (international relations, diplomacy, security studies, Asia-Pacific studies, European integration, comparative politics, political theory) and generic research methods training.

The School of Politics and International Relations is proud of its wide-ranging expertise to supervise PhD topics covering the three major sub-fields of comparative politics, international relations and political theory. At Nottingham, you will be allocated two academic supervisors.

View our how to apply page for details of entry requirements and what to include with your application.

 

Facilities

School facilities

In addition to the IT facilities provided by the University, the school offers its full-time postgraduate research students their own workspace in rooms designated for use by research students. You will be provided with computer, printing and photocopying facilities and will be given a generous printing and photocopying allowance.

Library facilities

The Hallward Library stocks a large number of politics related publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.

Graduate School

Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.

You will have access to a dedicated space on University Park, which includes computer stations, Wi-Fi, study and social areas, and kitchen facilities.

 

Research support

Colloquium

The school runs a weekly colloquium for postgraduate research students, giving you the opportunity to present your work in front of other research students and staff with similar research interests.

Research seminars

The school runs research seminars for staff and postgraduate research students. Students are required to become members of one or more of the school's research centres, which offer a wide programme of workshops, reading groups, talks and conferences.

Teaching experience

In view of a possible future career in academia, postgraduate research students are encouraged to undertake some undergraduate teaching in their second and/or third year of postgraduate research. The University's Graduate School runs training sessions related to teaching - students who wish to teach are requested to attend a number of these during their first year of postgraduate research study.

Student Services

Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counselling, financial support and childcare services.

International Office

The International Office ensures EU and international students have all the information they need to live and study at Nottingham. It offers a welcome programme just before the start of the academic year.

Centre for English Language Education

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated postgraduate officer.

Researcher Development Programme

Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.

As well as helping you to develop your research skills, this offers you opportunities to enhance your communication skills, career prospects, time management and entrepreneurship, as well as meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.

 

Find a supervisor

We organise our research around our centres and institutes and are proud of the wide ranging expertise of our staff who are able to supervise topics covering the three major sub-fields of comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.

 

Funding

There are many ways to fund your research study. Our research funding page provides a step-by-step guide to funding.

The Graduate School holds a list of sources of funding. Our school site also provides information about scholarships.

Midlands Graduate School

Nottingham is part of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, which offers funding opportunities for postgraduate students each year. For more information, visit the Midlands Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Career destinations for our graduates include economists, management consultants, researchers, statisticians and university lecturers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone to work for include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.

Employability and average starting salary

90% of postgraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,429 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £29,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

The University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 
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