Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation on research proposal  10%
Semester Assessment 1500 words literature review  20%
Semester Assessment 1500 words method essay  20%
Semester Assessment 1500 words research diary  20%
Semester Assessment 3000 words analysis essay  30%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Develop a research project.
2. Refine and specify a research question.
3. Be able to work in a research team.
4. Write a literature review.
5. Understand the complexities of the research process.
6. Become familiar with the peer review process.
7. Understand the linkage between research question and method.
8. Demonstrate through written work and seminar discussion an ability to construct a high quality research article.


This module adds to Departmental provision in the area of International Security and Research Methods. It complements existing provision in this area and provides interested students with the opportunity to gain experience of developing research projects, writing academic articles and familiarizing themselves with the peer review process.

Brief description

This module aims to develop student's ability to run research projects in International Security and write articles suitable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals. The course will rely upon the students to develop a research project of their choice (with guidance) in the broad area of international security. Students will be expected to work in teams to develop a research article that will be sent out for publication to a peer-reviewed international relations journal.

Particular attention will be paid to:

a) The development of a research project in International Security.
b) techniques used to refine research questions
c) strategies to develop literature reviews
c) the appropriateness of methods to address the research question
d) the complexities of team-working
e) the difficulties associated with the peer-review process
f) publication strategies


The module begins with a discussion of potential research topics in international security. What general areas the students are interested in and why they think it might be appropriate for a research article. Their work for the first week will be to come up with a research question related to the broad areas discussed in week one. Week two will lead to a discussion of the research question, how it can be refined and whether it is specific enough. By week three students will be expected to have developed an annotated bibliography relating to specific areas of the research question. Week four will relate to a discussion of what the appropriate method would be to answer the question and develop a research plan. Students will be expected to organize their team into appropriate tasks. By week five students will have begun their specific research project and each session they will make presentations relating to the project, leading to a class discussion about the difficulties they are facing and how they can be addressed. Week 8 we will discuss the peer-review process, with a journal editor invited to give a talk about their expectations. By the end of the course there should be an academic article that will be sent to a journal chosen by the students.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one of the central goals of the module; the submission of five pieces of work will require that the student develops independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The need to research and prepare seminar presentations will also enable the student to develop independent project skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to the problem; consider extreme cases; reason logically; construct theoretical models; consider similar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems
Research skills
Subject Specific Skills
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 7