Research Paper in Political Science and Political Economy

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

MRes/PhD Political Science Programme Manager


This course is available on the MRes Political Science. This course is not available as an outside option.

Students on the MRes/PhD in Political Science only.

Course content

Attend a GV-prefixed course from the MSc in Political Science and Political Economy and write a research paper on a topic agreed by the convenor of the MSc course and the student’s PhD supervisor. Students must obtain permission from the relevant MSc course convenor to attend the course concerned under this option. In some instances, students will be expected to complete the assessment method specified by the course convenor where a research paper is not appropriate. Regular attendance and active contributions to the seminars are required.



Attend the lectures, seminars and reading week activities (if applicable) of the relevant MSc course.

Formative coursework

A plan for the research paper (1,500 words) on which the students receive feedback and topic approval where applicable. 


Other (100%).

Either a 5,000 word research paper (for a half-unit course) or a 10,000 word research paper (for a full-unit course), to be submitted on the Tuesday of the first week of the subsequent term. i.e. modules taken in the Michaelmas Term submit in the first week of the Lent Term. Modules taken in the Lent Term submit in Summer Term. The research paper will be co-marked by the convenor of the relevant MSc course and the PhD supervisor of the student.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2015/16: Unavailable

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Communication