MSc IR students are required to write a 10,000-word Dissertation on a topic within the field of International Relations approved by the student’s adviser. The Dissertation need not be an account of original research and may rely on secondary sources but it should be the product of work done independently and unaided.

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This page gives information for all MSc IPE students (including those following the Research track and Double Degree).

Deadline for submission on Moodle: 21 August 2019, 4.00pm


1. Statement on Learning, Assessment and Feedback: Principles and Practices

2. Appendices

A. BSc and MSc Dissertations
B. BSc and MSc Marking Criteria 
C. Classification Schemes for BSc and MSc programmes
D. Guidelines for Oral Presentations
E. Guidelines for Writing Essays and Notes
F. Tackling the Unseen Exam Paper: some do’s and don’ts
G. Rules for Assessed Coursework, including Plagiarism

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The aims of this short course are two-fold.  First, to enable you to reflect on and share ideas with other students about why you chose to study international relations and what it means to study international relations. Second, to acquire and develop the key skills you need to study international relations, including analytical skills, communications skills (verbal and written), problem solving skills and team working skills. Students will work together in small groups on the skills required for reading and taking notes; conducting research; writing essays and exams; and succeeding as an IR scholar.

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This course foregrounds gender – as noun, verb, and structure – in understanding the practices/events studied as global politics and the disciplines/study of international relations. The course is grounded in feminist theory, and provides students with an introduction to feminist epistemologies and methods. It proceeds in two sections, moving from theoretical foundations to an examination of gender and the macro, transnational and historical processes of global politics. Each ‘macro’ examination of the gendering of international politics is followed by a corresponding examination of several substantive areas of international politics, including security, development, NGOs and transnational social movements, and international law/organizations. These overarching topics are balanced with issue-specific case studies (e.g. sexual/sexualized violence in conflict; gendering of informal economy), derived from current events, to be discussed in tutorials. Particular thematic attention will be paid to the on-going construction (and transmission) of global/transnational hierarchies that are gendered and gendering. The course contains both a lecture and seminar component.
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The course examines the role of power and politics in international economic relations. Besides international structural factors, it emphasises the role of domestic political interests and their influence over foreign economic policies. Major approaches covered include historical views on international political economy, and contemporary systemic theories of international cooperation, interest groups politics. ideas and institutions. The course provides an overview and explanation of the international monetary and trade systems since 1944. It also discusses current debates on trade, monetary policy, the political roots of financial crises, globalisation and the retreat of the state, and environmental protection.
For more information see the course guide:

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