Research Paper in Comparative Politics

This information is for the 2017/18 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 Comparative Politics 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. 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.


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 Tuesday Week 1 of the subsequent term (i.e., modules taken in the Michaelmas term submit in Week 1 of the Lent term; modules taken in the Lent term submit in Week 1 of the 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 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills