Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
17 February 2022
Requisites for this module
MRESL25024 International Relations,
MRESL20624 Political Economy,
MRESL20024 Political Science
The module exposes students to different theoretical and empirical approaches of independent research in Political Science. The students will have the opportunity to discuss topics of various fields of Political Science and contemporary Politics.
At the same time, this module will offer practical advice to students on how to do their own independent research with a primary focus on their dissertation project.
The main aim of this module is to teach students to think and write critically about Political Science. The students will develop the ability to understand and make reasoned arguments using positivist or normative theories. These aims and objectives are achieved through a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as lectures and discussions.
The objectives of the module are:
1. Introduce students to key concepts and models of Political Science.
2. Introduce students to different types of research in Political Science.
3. Introduce students to their Dissertation project.
No additional information available.
This module is an independent research project. Support sessions will be arranged throughout the academic year and will provide guidance through the dissertation process.
In addition to the `live` events above, there are also many pre-recorded resources available to help you with the dissertation. Some of these are more general; others focus on specific and popular topic areas. All are available via the module’s Moodle page.
1. Start thinking about your dissertation (Zorzeta Bakaki)
2. An introduction to academic writing (Robert Kemp)
3. What do people think about politics today? (Roi Zur)
4. Let`s talk about civil wars (Sara Polo)
5. Party politics (Filip Kostelka)
6. Developing a theoretical argument (David Axelsen )
7. Large-N studies in political science; data management (Ryan Bakker)
8. Small-N studies in political science (Rabia Malik)
9. Terrorism and Political Violence (Brian Phillips)
10. Experimental research in political science (Julia Park)
11. Dissertation research design (Zorzeta Bakaki)
12. Academic writing and referencing (Hersh Mann)
13. Library use for dissertation (Sandy McMillen)
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
|Dissertation Supervisor Nomination
|Week 24 Timetable
|Week 34 Progress Check
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
100 per cent Coursework Mark
100 per cent Coursework Mark
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Tobias Bohmelt, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Module Supervisor Professor Rob Johns email@example.com or Module Administrator Jamie Seakens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Damien Bol
King's College London
Dr Adrian Florea
University of Glasgow
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Available via Moodle
Of 5 hours, 5 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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