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Honours - Year 3 and 4

Politics & International Relations

MA in Politics

The Honours years (3rd and 4th year) allow students to specialise in their chosen discipline. The third year has one compulsory course (Research Design in Politics and International Relations), which acts as an essential preparation for Honours study and the 4th year dissertation process; the remainder are optional courses. Although the precise availability of these options varies from year to year, current options include courses in public policy, political theory, gender and identity politics, and territorial politics. Students will also have the opportunity to choose from courses focused on examining the politics of particular countries and continents. Regularly offered courses of this kind include: African politics, US politics, Scottish politics, Middle Eastern politics, and politics in the European Union.

Students in 4th year have the opportunity to pursue further optional courses of their choosing. Students will also complete an in-depth research project, in the shape of a 10,000 word dissertation, on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of a supervisor. The Dissertation Handbook is available on Learn.

For students currently studying or about to enter Honours in Politics, the Politics Programme Handbooks for Years 3 and 4 contain information about Politics staff, courses and curriculum, coursework, examinations and assessment, as well as opportunities for postgraduate study.

Links to the Degree Regulations & Programmes of Study can be found below:

Politics (MA Hons) (UTPOLTC)

Politics and Economic and Social History (MA Hons) (UTPOLES)

Politics with Quantitative Methods (MA Hons) (UTMAHPOLQM1F)

MA in International Relations

In the Honours years (3rd and 4th year) of their degrees, students are able to concentrate more fully on the study of International Relations. The Honours degree requirements includes one compulsory International Relations course (Research Design in Politics and International Relations), but there are also a large variety of optional courses which can be selected, including on Theories of International Relations, International Political Economy, Global Security and more (note that the precise configuration of courses changes from year to year).

Students in 4th  year have the opportunity to pursue further optional courses of their choosing. Students will also complete an in-depth research project, in the shape of a 10,000 word dissertation, on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of a supervisor. The Dissertation Handbook is available on Learn.

For students currently studying or about to enter Honours in International Relations, the International Relations Programme Handbooks for Years 3 and 4 contain information about International Relations staff, courses and curriculum, coursework, examinations and assessment, as well as opportunities for postgraduate study.

Please note individual Course Handbooks are available on Learn.

Links to the Degree Regulations & Programmes of Study can be found below:

International Relations (MA Hons) (UTINTRE)

International Relations and Law (MA Hons) (UTINTRELAW)

International Relations with Quantitative Methods (MA Hons) (UTMAHINRQM1F)

Study Abroad

Study abroad occurs as an option in the third year of your Politics or International Relations degree.  It is available both to single and joint honours students.  You will find some frequently asked questions about study abroad at: study abroad programme.

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