Durham University

Introduction

Durham University is distinctive - a Collegiate University with ancient traditions and modern values. We seek to achieve the highest distinction in research and scholarship which make a real difference to societies world-wide. We are equally committed to excellence in all aspects of learning, education and the transmission of knowledge.

But Durham University is much more than that. The World Heritage Site at the heart of the City of Durham has been a leading centre of scholarship for over 1000 years, while our cosmopolitan Queen's Campus in Stockton is at the leading edge of Teesside's transition from an industrial to a knowledge economy.

After the Dark Ages in Europe, the 7th Century saw a flowering of thought and culture in the North East of England. Bede - poet, scientist, historian and the greatest European scholar of the 7th century - is buried in Durham, as is St Cuthbert, who established 'English' Christianity from its Celtic and Roman roots. The Lindisfarne Gospels, 'one of the great landmarks of human cultural achievement', were produced nearby and resided in Durham with the body of St Cuthbert until the 16th century when they were removed to London - our 'Gospel Book' is returning to Durham in 2013. The 'Cuthbert Community' became one of the richest in Europe, with lands extending from the Tyne to the Tees and beyond. This scholarly, monastic community was a precursor of the modern University tradition which spread across Europe and around the world. Durham's 11th century Norman Cathedral was built between 1096 and 1130 and is one of the world's truly great buildings. Durham Castle, now part of the University, dates from 1072 and was the seat of the all-powerful Prince-Bishops who wielded secular and religious power over much of the North of England, with their own armies, system of taxation and coinage - until the end of the Prince-Bishopric in 1832 Durham was effectively a state within a state.

Durham became one of the England's leading centres of medieval scholarship, along with Oxford and Cambridge. Indeed, three Colleges - now part of Oxford University - were founded from Durham (University College and Balliol College, and in 1286 Durham College was run from Durham to train scholars for Durham for 300 years until it became incorporated into the University of Oxford as Trinity College). Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell's attempts to formally establish a University for the North in Durham were subsumed by politics and North-South rivalries, and it was not until 1832, as the Prince-Bishopric declined lost his powers, was Durham finally endowed with the Castle and lands and granted degree awarding powers by the king as England's third University. Durham University is the inheritor of a continuous line of learning and scholarship dating from Bede and Cuthbert to the present day.

Durham has always been a modern, forward-looking University. With a medieval World Heritage Site at our heart, our new buildings continue the tradition of important and innovative architecture. Durham was one of the first universities to admit women on an equal footing to men (1890), to establish medical training (1834) and the first to award Civil and Mining Engineering degrees to meet regional and national needs during the industrial revolution (1838). Durham led in the development of science and established one of the earliest observatories in England. Durham University was based in two cities for over 100 years, its medical school at King's College and other Colleges in Newcastle becoming the new and independent University of Newcastle in 1963. Durham was also the first University to establish overseas campuses a century before the concept was reinvented: in Barbados in 1875 and Sierra Leone in 1876. In 1992 the University established a significant presence at our Queen's Campus in the heart of Tees Valley, reinitiating medical teaching and breaking disciplinary boundaries to enhance public health and social well being.

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MSc in Arab World Studies - Language Based (LBAS)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

The MSc in Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims: [+]

Description The MSc in Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims: The programme is designed to establish a cadre of exceptional researchers, qualified at the Masters level, with skills and knowledge sufficient for the conduct of research in and on the Arab World. To recruit students of high calibre who have not previously completed any substantive research training and who have few or no Arabic language skills. To provide generic training in research methods and methodologies to provide a foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research and transferable skills that all students in the social sciences require as deemed appropriate for ESRC recognition. To provide subject-specific training in research methods and methodologies in Politics, relevant also to International Relations and International Studies. To provide language instruction in the Arabic language, such that the student develops appropriate and sufficient competence to utilise the language in their subsequent research, or employment in the Arabic-speaking world. To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding which will prepare students to undertake research for a doctoral degree in Politics, International Relations or International Studies, and which may be required of a professional researcher in these fields of the social sciences. To develop the student's knowledge of the range of existing disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research on the Arab World. Course Structure Year 1 Core modules to the value of 70 credits Optional modules to the value of 30 credits. Year 2 Core modules to the value of 40 credits Optional modules to the value of 75 credits, plus Dissertation 60 credits. Core Modules Arabic Language 1B Perspectives on Social Research Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East Arabic Language 2B Dissertation Optional Modules Optional modules in previous years have included: Statistical Exploration and Reasoning Quantitative Methods in Social Science Qualitative Methods in Social Science Fieldwork and Interpretation International Relations and Security in the Middle East Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought Learning and Teaching At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning. This MSc programme is spread across two-years. In the first year 100 credits is divided into three core and one/two optional modules and then in the second year 175 credits is divided into one core and five optional modules. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need. SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system. SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies. Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these. Subject requirements, level and grade A 2:1 or First at BA level of the international equivalent. The Broad Aims of the Programme are: To establish a cadre of exceptional researchers, qualified at the Masters levels, with skills and knowledge sufficient for the conduct of research in and on the Arab World. To recruit students of high calibre who have not previously completed any substantive research training and who have few or no Arabic language skills. To provide generic training in research methods and methodologies in the social sciences at the level deemed appropriate for ESRC recognition. To provide subject-specific training in research methods and methodologies in Politics, relevant also to International Relations and International Studies. To provide intensive language instruction in the Arabic language, such that the student develops appropriate and sufficient competence to utilise the language in their subsequent research, or employment in the Arabic-speaking world. To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding which will prepare students to undertake research for a doctoral degree in Politics, International Relations and International Studies, and which may be required of a professional researcher in these fields of the social sciences. To develop the student's knowledge of the range of existing disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research on the Arab World. To develop their awareness of the cultural and social environment of the Arab World, and to enhance their abilities to design and conduct research within that environment. This MSc Programme is specifically focused to provide research training simultaneously with Arabic language training. It is designed to include all the pertinent requirements of the one-year research-training masters degree (the ‘1' of the ‘1+3' model) as set out in the ESRC Postgraduate Training Guidelines. ALL the research training or subject-specific modules are taught at Durham and are components of ESRC recognised research training masters at Durham. On completion of the programme, it is anticipated that students will have fulfilled the requirements of a normal ESRC research training masters, as well as having attained their language proficiency. Specifically the course will include: Consult the MSc Arab World Studies degree regulations for further information on modules taken in Years 1 and 2. Students will need to negotiate their particular optional choices and pathways in discussion with the Director of the programme Professor A. Ehteshami, with students sharing a common generic methodologies and Arabic skills base, but having freedom to develop particular strength in fields of their choice. Entry Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes MA/ MSC and MPhil You will normally need to have a good honours degree (2:1, upper second or a first) or its equivalent, in an appropriate subject from a recognised university. Overseas students - see equivalent entry requirements and any English language requirements on our country pages. The information is split up by country, so if you do not see your country listed or have further questions, please contact the International Office. English language entry requirements for overseas students, see section at the bottom of this page. Applicants must provide two references, one of which should be academic; these can either be sent by applicants in signed and sealed envelopes, or they can be sent directly to the School. We accept references by letters or emails from refereees, or uploaded on the application system. Most importantly applicants applying for research degrees MUST submit a research proposal with their application, 500 words minimum. English Language Requirements For Overseas students: We welcome applications from students from all nations. All instruction for higher degrees is conducted in English. In order to profit from your study you will need to be proficient in English. Therefore, if your first language is not English, you will be required to show evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. Requirements for entry to MA/ MSc/ MPhil: The standard entry requirement for all MA/MSc MPhil programmes (see Learning and Teaching Handbook 1.3.3.1 University minimum levels for English language entry and accepted English language proficiency tests for up-to-date requirements) If it has been more than two years since a certificate of proficiency has been taken then a recent test must be completed. Students taking the Durham University English Language Centre pre-sessional course will be required to achieve a grade of B or above. TO APPLY Candidates MUST APPLY ONLINE [-]

MSc in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

The MSc will provide students with advanced knowledge of the complex and specialised areas of peacebuilding, among it conflict analysis, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict transformation, community driven reconstruction, peace processes within the context of contemporary conflicts and in the context of broader international (humanitarian) interventions. [+]

Description The MSc will provide students with advanced knowledge of the complex and specialised areas of peacebuilding, among it conflict analysis, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict transformation, community driven reconstruction, peace processes within the context of contemporary conflicts and in the context of broader international (humanitarian) interventions. Integrated into the MSc structure are opportunities to develop operational and vocational skills for example in negotiations, conflict mediation, conflict sensitive programme design and programme management, or urban peacebuilding. Students are provided with theoretical and empirical knowledge and with practical skills that are helpful for current and future employment opportunities. The courses are thus attractive to both graduates and mid-career practitioners. Whilst the academic and applied focus of the MSc comes through a peace and conflict studies analytic lens, course material will also draw from traditional strategic/security and development studies, enabling cross fertilisation between different perspectives. It allows the exploration of unique and new paradigms and practices in the fields of conflict, peace, security, defence, diplomacy, development and humanitarian intervention. Five core modules worth 75 credits plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits plus three optional modules to the value of 45 credits. Core Modules Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace Responses: Peace Processes and Political Negotiation Recovery and Reconstruction: Consolidating Peace after Violence Capstone Exercise: Humanitarian Intervention Simulation (in MSc-specific roles) Dissertation Optional Modules Optional modules in previous years have included: Religion, Culture and Conflict Conflict Mediation Fieldtrip Conflict Sensitive Programme Management Re-thinking Counter Terrorism Urban Violence - Urban Peacebuilding International Negotiation as Instrument in Conflict Management Policing Post-Conflict Cities Conflict Analysis Subject requirements, level and grade A 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study Learning and Teaching At the beginning of the academic year, as well as the general induction programme offered by the School and the university, Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi) students are invited to a programme specific induction. This induction provides an overview of the programme an opportunity to meet members of the team and an opportunity to discuss optional module choices. The 180 credits one-year MSc degree programme is divided into five core and three optional modules of 15 credits each. Students also have to submit a dissertation (60 credits) of not more than15,000 words. Practitioners have the option of writing an in-depth policy document as their dissertation. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Assessment methods include: an examination, essays, presentations, reflective journal, reports, article reviews and policy briefs. Although all modules have 18/19 contact hours, the core modules are spread over 9/10 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2-hour sessions which take the form of a one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. The optional modules of the programme are either delivered over two full days, through a mixture of lectures, Q&A sessions, seminar discussions, and role plays or over a single term in 2-hour seminar sessions. There is also the opportunity to participate in a study visit which provides an opportunity to investigate issues ‘in the field’ concerned with conflict prevention, conflict resolution, state and peace-building. Of particular interest is the theory-practice linkage Students can also meet their module coordinators or programme coordinator during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the latter half of the year, they are required to attend two 4-hour workshops. In addition, they have the opportunity to meet their assigned supervisors for an average of 6 meetings. Students also have access to the MSc Programme Director and the School’s Director of Taught Post Graduate Studies whenever there is a need. The School hosts events throughout the year which all postgraduate students are invited to attend. Students are also fully integrated into the Durham Global Security Institute which also hosts guest lectures and seminars throughout the year. These events provide students with the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies, and in conflict, peace and security studies. Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these. Open days and visits The focus of governments and humanitarian NGOs has progressively shifted towards conflict prevention and building sustainable peace. Yet to prevent conflict or to build a secure and inclusive state and society after conflict involves a complex set of skills straddling conflict analysis, conflict mediation and negotiation, peace processes, state stabilisation, post-conflict reconstruction, peace building and early warning. This inter-disciplinary, custom-designed MSc offers the opportunity to develop operational and vocational skills for conflict prevention and peacebuilding within the context of the latest theories on conflict and conflict prevention. Students will acquire the analytical skills to map conflict dynamics, design conflict sensitive projects and develop early warning mechanisms, enabling them to better predict, and so avoid, the outbreak of violent conflicts. They will also gain the skills necessary to assess and evaluate the impact and outcomes of interventions. The MSc is designed for practitioners looking to enhance their existing skills, as well as graduates with a career in conflict prevention, conflict mediation, or post-conflict reconstruction in mind. It is particularly aimed at those seeking to work or already working in the (I)NGO sector, governmental departments or inter-governmental organisations. While rooted in peace and conflict studies, the MSc draws on strategic and security studies as well as development studies, enabling much needed cross-fertilisation between these traditionally divergent perspectives. It draws on real-life case studies as well as interactive role plays, and exposes students to both cutting-edge academic developments and the latest practitioner experience, with a particular focus on bottom-up approaches. Courses are taught by a mixture of academics and practitioners, and cover both critical and problem-solving approaches. Conflict dynamics are analysed drawing on multiple disciplines, including security studies, peace studies, anthropology, law, archaeology, history and political theory. Modules include both traditional, term-long modules and short, usually more skills-oriented continuing professional development courses as well as fieldtrips (e.g. fieldtrips have been organised to Nepal, Kenya, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Kosovo). [-]

MSc in Defence, Development and Diplomacy

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is shifting. [+]

Description With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is shifting. Conflicts are rarely determined by military victory, diplomacy or long-term development, but require to securing populations through a comprehensive approach that sees to their political, and economic, as well as their security-related needs. Their outcome will be determined by how well the different arms of government and civil society, both locally and internationally, can work together and how well they understand each others' perspectives. This inter-disciplinary and custom designed MSc offers the unique opportunity to look at conflict, conflict intervention and post-conflict reconstruction through the lenses of defence, development and diplomacy. The MSc is designed for graduates with a career in government, the armed forces, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs or academia in mind, and for practitioners looking to enhance their practical skills while placing these within a broader theoretical perspective. Five core modules worth 75 credits plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits plus three optional modules to the value of 45 credits. Core Modules Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace Conflict Intervention: International Law, Counter-Insurgency and Conflict Diplomacy Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Stabilisation, Development and State-Building Capstone Exercise: Humanitarian Intervention Simulation (in MSc-specific roles) Dissertation Optional Modules Optional module in previous years have included: Religion, Culture and Conflict Conflict Mediation Fieldtrip Conflict Sensitive Programme Management Re-thinking Counter Terrorism Conflict Analysis Urban Violence - Urban Peacebuilding International Negotiation as Instrument in Conflict Management Policing Post-Conflict Cities Learning and Teaching At the beginning of the academic year, students go through two-day induction events in which they are informed about the University, the School, the MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning. The 180 credits one-year MSc degree programme is divided into five core and three optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than15,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Although all modules have 18/19 contact hours, the core modules are spread over 9/10 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2-hour sessions which take the form of a one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. The optional modules of the programme are delivered over two full days, through a mixture of lectures, Q&A sessions, seminar discussions, and role plays. Formative assessment is given on seminar contributions, role plays, and formative essays. Students have the opportunity to meet their lecturers to discuss their marks and other issues arising from their course performance. Students also have the opportunity to attend ‘essay surgeries’ in which they can discuss the structure and content of their essays early in the course. Students can also meet their module coordinators or programme coordinator during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the latter half of the year, they are required to attend two 4-hour workshops. In addition, they have the opportunity to meet their assigned supervisors for an average of 6 meetings. Students also have access to the MSc Programme Director and the School’s Director of Taught Post Graduate Studies whenever there is a need. SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. Students are also fully integrated into the Durham Global Security Institute, which delivers this MSc programme and hosts guest lectures and seminars throughout the year. These events provide students with the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies, and in conflict, peace and security studies. Throughout the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these. Subject requirements, level and grade 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study Open days and visits The MSc is designed for practitioners looking to enhance their skills in the context of broader theoretical models, as well as graduates with a career in government, the armed forces, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs or academia in mind. The intensive professional workshops are open to practitioners who are not on the MSc programmes as Continuing Professional Development courses, enhancing students' opportunities for networking and learning from other practitioners' perspectives. Courses are taught by a mixture of academics and practitioners, and cover both critical and problem-solving approaches. Conflict dynamics are analysed drawing on multiple disciplines, including security studies, peace studies, anthropology, law, archaeology, history and political theory. Modules include both traditional term-long modules and short, usually more skills-oriented, continuing professional development courses as well as fieldtrips (e.g. past fieldtrips were organised to Labanon, Napal, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Kosovo). [-]

MSc in Global Politics

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

The MSc Global Politics provides students with the tools to understand and critically assess these challenges and the forms of cooperation required to address them. [+]

Why Global Politics? We live in an increasingly globalized world. Nuclear proliferation, terrorism, failed states, global poverty and inequality, financial market instability, biodiversity losses, and climate change - are among the global challenges we face and which demand global cooperation if they are to be to adequately resolved. The MSc Global Politics provides students with the tools to understand and critically assess these challenges and the forms of cooperation required to address them. The programme's core modules concentrate on the institutional drivers of global politics and offer an incisive overview of the main theoretical and applied moral debates concerning the ethics of globalization. Description The MSc Global Politics thus aims to provide students with knowledge of the political, economic, cultural and moral debates about how and to what extent the effects of globalisation can be governed. It will provide the means for students to develop the analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and discuss: The key international and transnational structures, organisations and institutions that have developed in the era following the Second World War The range of the academic debates in the area of global governance Policy developments and innovations in the fields of economics, security, and environment The moral justification for different and sometimes competing regimes of global governance. Students will also benefit from the wide range of academic resources within the School of Government and International Affairs, the Law School, the Department of Geography, and the School of Economics, Business and Finance, making the MSc Global Politics a truly unique interdisciplinary programme. Programme Structure The programme consists of: Core Modules: Theoretical Approaches to Global Governance Global Governance Institutions Theories of Global Justice Ethical Aspects of Global Governance Dissertation: 12,000 word research dissertation providing students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of one field of global politics Optional Modules: A choice of up to four modules from the list of elective modules both within the School of Government and International Affairs and within other Schools and Departments at Durham University. Learning and Teaching At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning. The 180 credits one-year MSc degree programme is divided into four core and four optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to academic advisors whenever there is a need. SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system. The School hosts events throughout the year which all postgraduate students are invited to attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies. Global Politics students also typically benefit from participation in Global Policy Institute events. Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these. Subject requirements, level and grade A good honours degree (2:1) or its equivalent from a recognised university. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study What Our Students Say “I felt a natural attraction to Durham University because of its heritage and its outstanding academic reputation both in the UK and abroad, but what I really enjoy the most is the interdisciplinary nature of the MSc Global Politics and the unique opportunity to tailor my study path for my future career as a diplomat.” Isotta Crisafulli “The stimulating delivery of depth and detail by our tutors in the weekly seminars has been one of the greatest drivers behind the momentum on this course. Furthermore, the variety of cultural and academic backgrounds of my classmates have made for some very interesting discussions reflecting on a plethora of perspectives I would have not been exposed to otherwise. I also really enjoyed the work I do with the Global Policy Journal, (which is related to the course) Working for the journal allowed me to interview, together with other GP interns, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and that was definitely a great experience. ” Annie Fairchild “The close-knit nature of the Global Politics MSc has allowed me to closely engage both with our lecturers, and fellow students in the program. The course has inspired us to debate economic and moral issues pertaining to World politics long after classes are over and made me feel part of an intellectual community not simply enrolled in a degree. The international environment of the department as a whole also reinforces the inherently global nature of politics in the current era, both solidifying the relevance of the programme and affirming my choice in the context of my future trajectory. ” Sam George Global Politics Scholarship Funding The Global Politics programme is able to offer a number of partial fees scholarships for the 2016 programme. We are offering up to 3 x scholarships of £4000 for Overseas students and 2 x £3000 scholarships for EU/Home students. To express your interest in being considered for a scholarship please email lauren.huntley@durham.ac.uk. Please include "Your Name - Global Politics Scholarship" in the subject line of your email. The deadline for students wishing to apply for the Scholarships is 24 April 2016. [-]

MA

MA in International Relations

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This programme combines a sound basis of advanced knowledge and understanding in the broader and more disparate field of International Studies with the opportunity to choose optional specialist areas of study from among those offered in the School, [+]

Description This programme combines a sound basis of advanced knowledge and understanding in the broader and more disparate field of International Studies with the opportunity to choose optional specialist areas of study from among those offered in the School, and other schools such as Modern Languages and Cultures. The particular interests reflected in the choice of options may then be developed through the researching and writing of a dissertation. Through the programme, you will gain advanced knowledge and understanding of: The extent to which an international community has developed and the driving forces shaping its development Factors determining humanitarian interventions The processes of globalisation in the political, economic, cultural and scientific fields The governance role of international organisations How the degree of integration of countries into the international political and economic system varies and the determinants of those variations Historical and/or contemporary issues and debates in the politics and political economy of specific states and/or areas and/or international institutions and organisations Regime analysis and the concept of soft power governance An appropriate topic in international politics of their choice Course Structure Students will take four core modules to the value of 135 credits and optional modules to the value of 45 credits. Core Modules: Research Methods and Dissertation Production Model United Nations International Relations Theory Dissertation Optional Modules: Optional modules in previous years have included: European Institutions and the Policy Process The European Union as a Global Actor German Foreign Policy Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Since 1850 Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought European Security International Relations and Security in the Middle East Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation Just War in Political Theory and Practice Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China Human Rights Political Ideology Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis Theories of Capitalism A module offered by the School of Modern Languages Learning and Teaching At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning. The 180 credits one-year MA degree programme is divided into three core and three optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 75 credits of not more than 15,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need. SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system. SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies. Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these. Subject requirements, level and grade 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study Programme Regulations To view the current regulations for the programme choose MA International Studies from the full list of programmes offered by the School. (Please Note: some optional modules may not be available every year) Assessment This MA is assessed by a combination of a dissertation mark (50%); and course work (essays), and some modules have an examination component (50%). [-]

MA in International Relations (Europe; East Asia; Middle East)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

Within the broad framework of aims and objectives for our MA degrees, this is designed to provide a clear basis of advanced knowledge and understanding of the discipline of international relations linked to a focus on developments in either Europe or the Middle East or Asia. [+]

Within the broad framework of aims and objectives for our MA degrees, this is designed to provide a clear basis of advanced knowledge and understanding of the discipline of international relations linked to a focus on developments in either Europe or the Middle East or Asia. In each case this combines a core of IR theory and methodology to a package of core and option modules relating to the nominated region. The disciplinary and regional focus may then be developed through the researching and writing of the dissertation. Description This programme provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations. It enables you to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion concepts, theories and paradigms within the broad field of international relations, drawing lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations. Students are able to develop their ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship. Each study route aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the dynamics, including cultural and local political and ideological factors, which shape the contemporary international relations of the area. The course also provides an opportunity for studying international relations and in comparative and historical perspective taking account of regional specific political and economic factors. Course Structure Students will take five core modules to the value of 150 credits and optional modules to the value of 30 credits, 15 of which must be from the regional module list. Core Modules: International Relations Theory Model United Nations Research Methods and Dissertation Production Dissertation European Route Core Module: European Security East Asia Route Core Module: Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis Middle East Route Core Module: International Relations and Security in the Middle East Regional Modules (Europe): European Institutions and the Policy Process The European Union as a Global Actor Collective Memory & Identity in Post War Europe Regional Modules (East Asia): Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China Regional Modules (Middle East): Contemptory Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East Non-regional Modules: German Foreign Policy Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought International Relations and Security in the Middle East The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East America and the World: The Making of the US Foreign Policy Human Rights Political Ideology Issues in the Politics of Military Occupations Just War in Political Theory and Practice Nationalism Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China Political Economy and Development of Chinese Business Political Ideology Region, Nation and Citizen in Southeast Asia Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures Learning and Teaching At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning. The 180 credits one-year MA degree programme is divided into four core and two optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 75 credits of not more than 15,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need. SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system. SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies. Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these. Subject requirements, level and grade 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study [-]

MA in Politics and International Relations (Political Theory)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This programme provides students with systematic knowledge and the tools to critically review the complex relationships between government and society at a variety of levels and in different contexts. [+]

Description This programme provides students with systematic knowledge and the tools to critically review the complex relationships between government and society at a variety of levels and in different contexts. It also enables students to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion, theories and paradigms within the broad field of politics and international relations, and to draw lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations. It also aims to develop students' ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate research at the current limits of theoretical understanding, and to equip students so that they have the ability to master complex political concepts and evaluate the significance of major developments in political thought in general as well as international relations theory. Course Structure Two core modules worth 30 credits, plus a Dissertation worth 75 credits, plus 5 optional modules to the value of 75 credits. Core Modules: Methodology in the Social Sciences Research Methods and Dissertation Production Dissertation Optional Modules: Optional modules in previous years have included: Issues in the Politics of Military Occupations International Relations Theory Political Ideology Human Rights Region, Nation and Citizen in South East Asia Approaches to the Study of Modern Muslim Societies Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain since 1850 Just War in Political Theory and Practice European Institutions and the Policy Process European Security German Foreign Policy International Relations and Security in the Middle East Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis The European Union as a Global Actor The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East Model United Nations A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures Learning and Teaching At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning. The 180 credits one-year MA degree programme is divided into two core and five optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 75 credits of not more than 15,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need. SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system. SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies. Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these. Subject requirements, level and grade 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study Open days and visits This programme provides students with systematic knowledge and the tools to critically review the complex relationships between government and society at a variety of levels and in different contexts. It also enables students to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion, theories and paradigms within the broad field of politics and international relations, and to draw lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations. It also aims to develop students' ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate research at the current limits of theoretical understanding, and to equip students so that they have the ability to master complex political concepts and evaluate the significance of major developments in political thought in general as well as international relations theory. Centre for the History of Political Thought The School of Government and International Affair has a vibrant research environment. All SGIA MA students are welcome to the numerous events organised by the school research centres. The students from the MA in Politics and International Relations (Political Theory) will benefit by the activities of The Centre for the History of Political Thought (https://www.dur.ac.uk/chpt/). The centre runs seminar series, workshops and reading group and actively involves MA and PhD students in its work. Institute of Advanced Study One of the core aims of the Institute of Advanced Study is to encourage Durham's postgraduate community to engage with the work sponsored by the IAS. The Institute will provide postgraduates with a unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with some of the most distinguished scholars from across the world; our postgraduates may even, as a consequence, end up working with these scholars. The IAS will give postgraduates access to a wide range of events, allowing them to examine for themselves the benefits and challenges of multi- and interdisciplinary research. [-]

MA in Research Methods (Politics and International Relations)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This degree is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and is designed to provide a strong all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the field of politics and international relations/studies. [+]

Description This degree is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and is designed to provide a strong all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the field of politics and international relations/studies. It is assumed that in taking this MA, you do so with the intention of proceeding to a PhD in Politics or International Relations. It has received official recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and eligible candidates can apply for (ESRC) (1+3) studentships. The programme includes compulsory elements in a wide variety of techniques including statistics and quantitative methods, but contains less subject-specific content than the other MA courses. Core Modules: Perspectives on Social Research Dissertation Optional Modules: Optional modules in previous years have included: Statistical Exploration and Reasoning Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science Applied Statistics Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science Fieldwork and Interpretation International Theory International System Additional Optional Modules: European Institutions and the Policy Process The European Union as a Global Actor German Foreign Policy Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Since 1850 Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought European Security International Relations and Security in the Middle East Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation Just War in Political Theory and Practice Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China Human Rights Political Ideology Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis Theories of Captialism Categorical Data Analysis with SPSS and R A module offered by the School of Modern Languages Subject requirements, level and grade 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study Open days and visits This degree is designed for high calibre graduates who intend to undertake research for a doctoral degree in Politics or International Relations and need to acquire all-round training in research methods and methodologies in the political and social sciences. The object is to equip students with comprehension of basic principles of research design and strategy. This MA programme is specifically focused to provide research training. It is assumed that students taking this MA do so with the intention of proceeding to a PhD. It has received official recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and eligible candidates can apply for (ESRC) (1+3) studentships. Anyone proposing to do this should apply as early as possible in order to meet the ESRC deadlines. [-]

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