MA by Research

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If you have a longstanding interest or connections in a particular political or international studies field, perhaps related to your professional occupation or other significant experience, then an MA by Research may be suitable for you.


This type of study works through close one-to-one supervision, tailored specifically to the needs of the project and the researcher. You will research and write a thesis of approximately 30,000 words on a subject of your choice. 

The School offers no broad research training for candidates that register for this degree. MA by Research candidates are not eligible for transfer to a PhD.


The MA by Research can be taken full-time (one year) or part-time (two years).

Areas of supervision

Research opportunities are hosted within three research areas, each of which has a successful and thriving research community.

Explore our research and expertise to see where your interests may best fit and discover more about our academic staff.