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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Structure and Courses

Our programme is highly modular and personalisable - giving you the space to pursue your individual interests and allowing you to choose optional courses and your dissertation.

The programme is available on a full-time basis over one year or on a part-time basis over two years.

Courses and options

Over the course of two teaching semesters you will take a total of 6 taught courses.
You will take following three core courses: 

We also run a compulsory non-credit course titled 'International Development: Reserach Design and Practice' (6 sessions spread across Semesters 1 and 2) that aims to sharpen research and analytical skills needed for postgraduate students in international development to embark on their summer dissertation research projects.

In addition you will have the opportunity to choose three optional courses from those taught in the School of Social and Political Sciences and relevant courses from other parts of the University on topics such as Displacement, Global Health, Energy, Environment, Africa, South Asia, Governance, Conflict, Human Rights, Child Rights and Education among others. For more information on some of the course options available to students in the academic year, please consult the degree programme table (DPT) of the programme.  Note that the records will be updated by the end of August for each academic year. Some courses might not run some years due to staff availability.

Research Dissertation

Finally, you will build specialist research and analytical skills through a dissertation-length research project. You will work under the supervision of an academic member of staff and will investigate a topic of your choice in depth. The dissertation can be based on secondary research or on primary evidence gathered through field work or through a work-based placement.

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