Comments from External Examiners on the 2012-2013 session:
External Examiner A:
My comments are very similar to last year’s in that this is a very well thought through and excellent programme which is being taught at a very high level.
Some students’ scripts left a very good impression in terms of their theoretical insights which they developed in a critical, reflexive and constructive way through appropriate empirical cases.
All the materials sent to me were very well organised and the examination process, to my mind, operates without any problems.
External Examiner B:
The MSc in International Relations is an excellent, world class programme. Through the core course students are able to gain an advanced introduction to the discipline and develop the requisite analytical and conceptual resources through which to analyse the subject. There is an exceptionally wide range of optional course from which students may tailor their individual programmes of study.
The teaching methods on the programme require students to think independently and creatively about the subject matter. This frequently leads to the production of excellent work that clearly demonstrates both depth of knowledge and (through the dissertation in particular) capability for further research.
The assessment regime is well-designed, student work is assessed rigorously, and feedback detailed and constructive.
Students taking this programme can be confident that they are receiving a first-rate, excellent education in the subject.