Develop in-depth knowledge and skills of research methods. Prepare yourself for an academic or professional career with a focus on international development. This course combines the academic study of key international development issues with a comprehensive exploration of research methods and skills, and offers a detailed examination of current and applied international development research. It supports the application of knowledge and skills to address contemporary research questions, and comprises a mix of faculty-wide research-based units and departmental disciplinary-based specialisations. 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 Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods Qualitative methods 1 Principles and skills of social research Foundations of International Development for MRes Semester 2 Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Either Quantitative methods 2 or Qualitative methods 2 Plus two optional units Summer MRes dissertation Optional course units These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Critical issues in social development Quantitative methods 2 Qualitative methods 2 Independent research essay Management of international development Contemporary issues in African development Global political economy Humanitarianism Knowledge, data, and our digital social world Director of Studies approved unit
Assessment Attendance Coursework Essay Online assessment Seminar Written examination
British qualifications You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in economics, history, geography, politics or international relations. 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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