Professional Doctorate in MPhil, MRes Politics and International Relations

    Course Description

    You can study an MRes by research or an MPhil by research which you can then continue to PhD or apply your knowledge within industry. We investigate some of the world’s most challenging problems across state, regional and international issues and we work across disciplines. Research is grouped into four key themes which include:

    • Democracy and Representation
    • Conflict and Security
    • Comparative Politics and Policy
    • Political and International Relations Theory

    Successful postgraduates work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, MOD, foreign governments, military services, research consultancies, international business and banking, parliamentary research, marketing, lobbying and academic careers.  You study in the Department of Politics and International Relations within The School of Social Science. Research supervisors focus on political problems facing democracy, disputes, power-sharing, multi ethnic states, the European Union, and interdisciplinary research. Interdisciplinary research focuses more on topics such as energy policy, environmental policy, health policy, identify politics, gender and ethnicity and international politics.

    The MPhil is a research degree is taken over 24 months on a full-time basis or 48 months on a part time basis. The MRes in Social Research is a one-year degree which combines specialist and generic training to allow you to either apply your knowledge in third and public sector policy work or continue on to a PhD. The Department of Politics and International Relations offer a wide range of seminars and events which you are welcome to attend.

    The School of Social Sciences offer a wide range of research across sociology, anthropology and politics and international relations. Research centres include the New Europe Centre and the Centre for Global Security and Governance. 

    Why study at Aberdeen? 

    • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
    • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
    • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

    Where you study

    • University of Aberdeen
    • Full time or part time
    • Start month is flexible
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    20% Discount


    A 20% discount for Aberdeen graduates who want to study a postgraduate degree. It applies to the full cost of taught postgraduate programmes and one year of a full time research programme.

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