The MPhil in International Politics is a research-based Masters, which provides an opportunity to research and write a 60,000-word thesis Research Proposal Guidelines MPHIL on a topic of your choosing and fits with the research interests of the Department. This will provide you with an opportunity to undertake in-depth and extended research, developing detailed conceptual and/or empirical knowledge and a range of critical research skills.


During your MPhil you will be assigned a primary and secondary supervisor. During term-time you will normally meet with your primary supervisor every two weeks for approximately an hour. The frequency and duration of the meetings may vary depending on the stage of the research and/or writing. MPhil students also are normally advised to take advantage of the excellent research training modules available. These would entail approximately eight hours of seminars per week in Semester One and a two hour seminar per week in Semester Two.

The MPhil is completed in one year in full-time mode or two years part-time. The completed thesis will be assessed via an oral examination.