Develop in-depth knowledge and skills of research methods. Prepare yourself for an academic or professional career with a focus on security and human rights. The course aims to prepare you for a career as a professional researcher in either an academic or non-academic environment by developing your core research skills. We'll encourage you to review and critically evaluate approaches to research and their application, and to identify and investigate your own original research questions. You'll become familiar with the key concepts and theories that underpin an interdisciplinary understanding of security, conflict and human rights, and will be able to use your knowledge to inform research and analysis in these areas. You will also learn about contemporary problems and how they emerge at sub-national, national and supra-national levels, and how these levels are linked. By the end of the course you should be able to respond to the demands of carrying out research in international contexts and among sensitive or vulnerable stakeholders caught up in specific conflict situations. South West Doctoral Training Partnership This MRes is recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right, or if you hold an SWDTP studentship you can take the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway. If you wish to be considered for a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, then you must apply for your preferred PhD route and not the stand-alone MRes. You should follow our how to apply guidelines. For those holding a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.
This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2023 and ends in 2024. Welcome week starts on 25 September 2023. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Semester 1 Advanced interdisciplinary research design (collaboratively delivered unit) Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods Qualitative methods 1 Principles and skills of social research Conceptual issues in security, conflict and justice and human rights (collaboratively delivered unit) Semester 2 Advanced interdisciplinary research design (collaboratively delivered unit) Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Plus one unit from: Quantitative methods 2 Qualitative methods 2 Independent research essay Plus one unit from: Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges International organisations in world politics Theories of conflict and conflict resolution International security: the contemporary agenda Director of Studies approved unit Summer MRes dissertation
Coursework Essay Online assessment Seminar Written examination Other
British qualifications You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in history, geography, anthropology, sociology, development studies or human rights. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
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