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Taught courses

Candidates take up to six course options over the first two terms. In addition, they follow mandatory courses in Research Methods which provide a graduate-level introduction to a range of approaches relevant to broad-ranging research in politics and international studies.

Examples of the fields of study available on the MPhil in previous years (when it was called the MPhil in International Relations and Politics) have included the following (but please note that these are subject to change each year and cannot be guaranteed in advance):

  • European Union: Crises and Challenges
  • Politics of Africa
  • Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • International Relations Theory  
  • International Security
  • International Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Politics of Religion
  • Grand Strategy: Britain, Europe and World Power

Individual course options differ in how they are taught. Some options are taught by a combination of lectures and seminars; others are taught by advanced seminar.

One to one supervision

Circa five sessions per year with your own dissertation supervisor.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Individual course options differ in how they are taught. Some options are taught by a combination of lectures and seminars; others are taught by advanced seminar. Each course option involves between one and a half to two hours of teaching per week over its duration.

Lectures

Individual course options differ in how they are taught. Some options are taught by a combination of lectures and seminars; others are taught by advanced seminar. Each course option involves between one and a half to two hours of teaching per week over its duration.

Feedback

For the dissertation, students will receive a joint report from their examiners.

Students can also expect to receive an online feedback report about their progress each term from their thesis supervisor, as well as feedback on their assessed essays.

Assessment

Thesis

The dissertation is an important element of the MPhil. There is a requirement for originality, which must be met by research using primary sources (documents, interviews, official publications, or the like) or by developing a fresh approach to an existing debate or literature. This supports the general aim of the dissertation, which is to develop advanced skills in research and expression.

Each student is required to submit an original thesis on an approved topic of 20,000 words maximum in length.

Essays

Examination of individual course options will be either by invigilated examination or an assessed essay.

Written examination

Examination of individual course options will be either by invigilated examination or an assessed essay.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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