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The award
MRes

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 4665

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 10335

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About Politics MRes at Brunel University London

The MRes is designed to provide a strong theoretical and practical introduction to the world of Political Science research. A key aim will be to expose the student to the range of general academic research skills and expertise expected of the professional researcher in the social sciences, especially in Political Science.Entry RequirementsYou should have a good honours degree (2.1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification. Applicants not fulfilling these criteria will be considered on an individual basis and may be interviewed. If English is not your first language you will also normally be expected to have a score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 233/575 + TWE 5 (Applicants with IELTS 6.0 or equivalent may be accepted on the programme but will be required to undertake pre-sessional and/or in-sessional English language courses as directed).Course AimsThe MRes is designed to provide a strong theoretical and practical introduction to the world of Political Science research. A key aim will be to expose the student to the range of general academic research skills and expertise expected of the professional researcher in the social sciences, especially in Political Science. Course ContentTypical ModulesCore modulesGraduate Research Skills and Professional Development I and IIMain topics of study: reviewing research aims and objectives; choosing research methods; study design, sampling, and analytical issues in the use of such methods; appropriate resources for such studies; using information technologies; managing a research project, presenting research information.Methods in Social and Political ResearchMain topics of study: approaches to the study of politics; research design; normative enquiry; institutionalism; behaviouralism; comparative politics; rational choice; qualitative methods; quantitative methods 1; quantitative methods 2 - advanced techniques; historical and archival research; case studies; ethical questions in research.Politics of Climate ChangeMain topics of study: the rise of environmental politics – from 'Silent Spring' to 'Sustainable Development'; anthropogenic climate change: understanding the challenges; neoliberalism versus gaia? environmentalism and the sceptics; key actors in the global politics of climate change; combating climate change: key national and international policies and regimes; combating climate change: green theory, critical perspectives.European Public and Social PolicyMain topics of study include: concise overview of the history of European integration and the current institutional architecture of the EU; the making of the single market; impact of economic integration on member states’ diverse traditions of public policy; employment policies; monetary union/macroeconomic policy choices; welfare reformDissertationTopics will reflect the personal interest and subject relevance of the programme and require approval by the student’s supervisor.Elective modulesOne from:Influencing Public PolicyMain topics of study include: transformation of the state since the 1980s – policy networks and neoliberalism; multi-level governance; approaches to policy analysis; the 'policy chain' from design to implementation; models of interest representation; techniques of public affairs.Parties and Voters in the UKMain topics of study: party systems in the UK; structured identities and voting; rational choice and voting; issue voting; economic voting; the impact of electoral systems; the impact of national and constituency campaigning; electoral turnout; party ideologies; party organisation and finance; party members; measurement in psephology. GlobalisationMain topics of study include: timescales of globalisation; trade, finance, and multinational corporations; the 'globalisation debate' and its precursors; keynesianism, social democracy, neo-liberalism; monetary regimes; international financial institutions; regionalisation; the 'Global South' in the world economy; international migration; globalisation and the states system; globalisation and social theory: modernity, post-modernity and capitalism; debating globalisation: boosters vs critics.The Second World WarMain topics of study include: the origins of the war in Europe and Asia; the connection between politics, culture and military strategy; the Grand Alliance; mpact of technology on the course of the war; the role of intelligence; the impact and legacy of the war.Arab-Israeli ConflictMain topics of study: the birth of three nationalisms: Turkish, Arab and Jewish; the Middle East and the First World War; Britain's 'moment' in the Middle East; the historiography on the Arab-Israeli conflict and problems with methodology; the formation of Israel (1): The Palestinian Refugee Crisis; the formation of Israel (2): Collusion across the Jordan?; the formation of Israel (3): The first Arab-Israeli War: David versus Goliath?; War (1): Nasser or Ben-Gurion? Who started the 1956 war?; War (2): Israel triumphant – the 1967 war; War (3): Israel defeated – the 1973 war; exporting the Arab-Israeli conflict: Lebanon; Israeli-Egyptian peace; Israeli-Palestinian peace?Soviet Foreign PolicyMain topics of study include: Marxism and international relations; the Comintern, 1919-1924; Lenin and the West; Lenin and the East; foreign policy during the inner-party struggle, 1924-1929; the Comintern, 1929-1933; the Soviet Union and Hitler's challenge, 1924-1929; Soviet diplomacy and World War II; cold war Europe, 1945-1953; Khrushchev's foreign policy: West; Khrushchev's foreign policy: Eastern Europe; Khrushchev's foreign policy: China; Brezhnev's foreign policy: d étente; Brezhnev's foreign policy: Eastern Europe; Brezhnev's foreign policy: China; Foreign Policy in the late Brezhnev era: Afghanistan and Poland; Gorbachev's foreign policy: West; Gorbachev's foreign policy: Eastern Europe; Gorbachev's foreign policy: Asia; Soviet foreign policy: an assessment.War in History - 1789-PresentMain topics of study include: limited war: the period before 1789; the French revolution and the birth of the modern style of warfare; the impact of the industrial revolution on warfare; Jomini and Clauwsewitz; the idea of 'absolute war'; warfare in the nineteenth century: on the road to 'total war'; the First World War; changes in warfare in the inter-war period: Blitzkrieg and 'deep battle'; the Second World War; the nature of warfare after 1945; Korea, Vietnam and the Arab-Israeli conflicts; counter-insurgency; low-intensity conflicts; warfare in the 21st Century AssessmentA range of assessment methods is employed including, written coursework and examinations, presentations and the dissertation.CareersThis course is recognised by the ESRC for 1+3 support, for both full-time and part-time modes. The programme will equip students with a range of research skills to enable them to successfully complete doctoral research in Political Science, either as an individual or part of a team.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4665International course feesGBP 10335
  • The awardMResHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2330International course feesGBP 5165

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