In addition to progressing with your research, you will take courses in methods and research design. You may take courses in addition to those listed and should discuss this with your supervisor.
(* denotes half unit course)
Compulsory (not examined)
Methods in International Relations Research
Familiarises students with the principal approaches to contemporary research in the main branches of International Relations and to help students identify the appropriate methodology for their project.
Compulsory (not examined)
International Relations Research Design Seminar (second-year workshops)
First - fourth year
Optional (examined/not examined)
The subject workshops offered by the International Relations Department comprise international relations theory; security and statecraft; international institutions, law and ethics; international political economy; Asia-Pacific; and the Middle East.
Relevant courses provided by the Methodology Institute and agreed with your supervisor, including:
Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design
Introduces the broad range of design options and to foster an appreciation of these alternatives for particular research objectives.
Qualitative Research Methods
Prepares students to design, carry out, report, read and evaluate qualitative research projects.
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis*
The course is intended for students with no previous experience of quantitative methods or statistics. It covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference.
Applied Regression Analysis*
Deepens the understanding of the generalized linear model and its application to social science data.
Multivariate Analysis and Measurement
Introduces the application of modern multivariate methods used in the social sciences, with particular focus on latent variable models for continuous observed variables, and their application to questions of measurement in the social sciences.
Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Quantitative Text Analysis*
The course surveys methods for systematically extracting quantitative information from text for social scientific purposes, starting with classical content analysis and dictionary-based methods, to classification methods, and state-of-the-art scaling methods and topic models for estimating quantities from text using statistical techniques
Methodology Institute Seminar
Advanced Qualitative Analysis Workshops
Provides hands-on, in-depth and advanced training for specific methodologies of qualitative data collection, analytic techniques and research design issues.
Computer Packages for Qualitative Analysis
Provides research students with an appreciation of various computer packages through introduction and hands-on training in the use of these tools.
Transferable skills courses
Workshop in Information Literacy
Finding, managing and organising published research and data (Year One)
At the end of your second year, you will need to satisfy certain requirements and if you meet these, will be retroactively upgraded to PhD status.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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