All Master’s programmes in the Department of International Politics are divided into Part One (coursework and exams) and Part Two (dissertation); the dissertation is completed from June to the end of September. The method of teaching in all the programmes is by seminar only. Although the Master’s students may attend lectures on undergraduate modules if they wish, the Master’s programmes are completely independent from our undergraduate programmes. Our Master’s courses are suitable for students who want either to consolidate their undergraduate qualifications or to convert from related disciplines. This programme offers specialist (S) and research training (RT) pathways.
MPhil/PhD International Politics
Founded in 1919, the Department of International Politics is the oldest department of its kind in the world, since then we have developed as a centre of international excellence in both research and teaching. The excellence of the Department’s research was recognised in the most recent (1996) national Research Assessment Exercise, when the Department was rated a 5A, which made it one of the top three departments in Britain in the area of international relations. Also in 1996, the quality of the Department’s teaching was assessed by the Teaching Quality Assessment Panel of the Higher Education Funding Council and judged to be in the highest possible category, being awarded an ‘excellent’ rating. An article in the newsletter of the Political Studies Association of the UK places the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth as one of a ‘premier league’ of five top-rated British departments for the quality and quantity of its research in the field of international politics and political studies. The postgraduate school has witnessed a rapid expansion in recent years from only 10 full time postgraduates in 1991/92 to 66 master’s students and 42 full-time PhD students in 1998/99. As part of the Department’s strategy to be a world-class research centre, we have placed special emphasis on the development of high quality postgraduate programmes; our postgraduate students form a vital and significant part of our research community. Research interests cover a wide variety of areas and specialisms. In particular, the Department’s contribution has received international political theory, strategic/security studies, international history and the politics of various countries and regions. All our Master’s programmes require the equivalent of an Upper Second Class degree from a British university.
Babu Rahman, PhD International Politics
Having completed a PhD at Aber on NGOs, human rights and humanitarianism, I now work as a Senior Research Officer on Global Issues for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). I have been sent to represent the UK at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, an Asia-Europe Human Rights Seminar in Beijing, and the UN General Assembly in New York. I use the core research skills and experience I gained at Aberystwyth as an integral part of my job on a day to day basis. As a Research Analyst I do a lot of reading and writing every day. It pays not to make mistakes and to produce work people want to use. Aber taught me to consider an argument from all sides, and to be confident of defending my opinions against tough questioning , both of which I have to do every day.
Roberta Guerrina, MA in International Relations, PhD International Politics
I came to Aberystwyth to do an MA in International Relations. I found the environment in the department particularly supportive and conductive to work on projects that combined empirical and theoretical material, so I stayed to study for a PhD. My thesis focused on the development of women’s rights and equal opportunities in the European Union. I am now a lecturer in European Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Whilst at Aber, I taught on a variety of modules which have provided me with the necessary experience to undertake an academic career. However, what is perhaps the most important lesson is how to combine research and teaching excellence by feeding one into the other.
PhD, PhD, MPhil, MPhil Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
36 month Duration