How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How can political science be used to analyse the real world? Our MRes gives you additional rigorous training in research design and methods compared to an MSc or MA, preparing you for PhD research in any sub-field of political science.
You learn how to ask questions across political science, developing theories, conducting research, analysing data and exploring the empirical implications of theoretical models empirical methods. You learn to draw your own conclusions as to which approaches are appropriate for the questions they want to ask and answer, and gain a thorough and rigorous understanding of such research tools.
You study modules on theories of political explanation, research design, and empirical and mixed research methods across your two years, whilst developing a 35,000-word dissertation.
Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We’re rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.
Some of the biggest names in the political science work at Essex, giving you unparalleled access to some of the best minds in the field. You join an active and prolific research team, with the opportunity to work alongside a member of staff on their research instead of completing a dissertation; some of these projects have even resulted in joint staff/student publications.
Our key academic staff for this course are Professor Jonathan Slapin, who specializes on political organizations and political parties and whose research has received multiple awards. Dr Simone Dietrich, who uses laboratory, field, and survey experiments to study foreign aid provision and its effect on economic and political development around the world. Dr Daina Chiba, who has interests in the areas of militarised conflict, international institutions, and political methodology. Dr Anna Getmansky, who works on the electoral impact of terrorism. Laura Montanaro, who works on democratic theory in the area of non-electoral representation and Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores, who studies the political economy of natural disasters as well as research methods.
An MRes puts you in a particularly strong position to succeed in a research degree. We offer supervision for PhD and MPhil in the following fields:
Our academic reputation is illustrated by the fact that many of our graduates now teach or research at universities, colleges of higher education and schools. For example, recent graduates are now research fellows and academic staff at: Mannheim, Germany; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Duke University, USA; NATO/SHAPE, Belgium; and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Other recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high-profile organisations:
We also work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree.
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If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
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Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
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