GV5XF      Half Unit
Research Paper in Global Politics

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

MRes/PhD Political Science Programme Director


This course is available on the MRes/PhD in 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 relevant MSc programme 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 on which the students receive feedback and topic approval.


Research paper (100%).

A 5,000 word research paper 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.

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills