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School of Politics and International Studies

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MA by research

About the MA by research

If you have a longstanding interest in a particular political or international studies field, possibly related to your occupation or other significant experience, then an MA by Research may be suitable for you.


  • Full-time: one year.
  • Part-time: two years.


This type of study works through close one-to-one supervision, tailored specifically to the needs of the project and the student. You research and write a thesis of approximately 30,000 words on a subject of your choice. The School offers no broad research training for students that register for this degree. MA by Research candidates are not eligible for transfer to MPhil or PhD.

Leap Training Hub
The new LEAP Training Hub offers skills development opportunities to research students working in the Social Sciences.

Leap Research Training Hub

University Research Training
The University offers research skills training for research students through the Staff and Departmental Development Unit (SDDU).

Research Student Profiles
If you want to find out more about the research topics being undertaken by our current PhD students, why not take a look at our research student profiles.

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