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MPhil/PhD in International Relations

Programme Code: RPIR

Department: International Relations

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

In addition to progressing with their research, students are expected to take the listed training and transferable skills courses. Students may take courses in addition to those listed, and should discuss this with their supervisor.

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Course number, title (unit value)

Year 1

Training courses

Compulsory (not examined):

 

IR501 Methods in International Relations Research (0.0)

 

Compulsory (examined):
Research Methods Training

Students are required to take compulsory assessed courses to the combined value of one unit from the range of quantitative and qualitative research methods topics listed below.

Student selection of research methods should be agreed in consultation with student’s supervisor. Students could take a different research methods course from those listed below, if this was better suited to their topic but this would need to be approved by their supervisor first.

 

DV560 Bayesian Reasoning for Qualitative Social Science: A modern approach to case study inference (0.5)

 

GV513 Qualitative Methods in the Study of Politics (0.5)

 

MY500 Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design (0.5)

 

MY521L Qualitative Research Methods (0.5) 1

 

MY521M Qualitative Research Methods (0.5)

 

MY525 Case Studies and Comparative Methods for Qualitative Research (0.5)

 

MY526 Doing Ethnography (0.5) #

 

MY528 Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis (0.5) #

 

MY551L Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (0.5) 2

 

MY551M Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (0.5)

 

MY552L Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) # 3

 

MY552M Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) #

 

MY555 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement (0.5) #

 

MY556 Survey Methodology (0.5) #

 

MY557 Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies (0.5) #

 

MY559 Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Quantitative Text Analysis (0.5) #

 

MY561 Social Network Analysis (0.5)

 

MY565 Intermediate Quantitative Analysis (0.5) #

 

MY570 Computer Programming (0.5)

 

MY574 Applied Machine Learning for Social Science (0.5) #

 

MY599 Department of Methodology Seminar (0.0)

 

Compulsory (not examined):
Research Cluster Workshops

Students are required to attend one of the following International Relations Research Cluster Workshops:

 

IR502 International Relations Theory/Area/History Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR504 Security and Statecraft Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR507 International Institutions, Law and Ethics Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR555 International Political Economy Research Workshop (0.0)

Transferable Skills Courses

MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research Workshops (0.0) #

 

MY560 Workshop in Advanced Quantitative Analysis (0.0)

Year 2

Training courses

Compulsory (not examined)
Research Cluster Workshops

Students are required to attend one of the following International Relations Research Cluster Workshops:

 

IR502 International Relations Theory/Area/History Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR504 Security and Statecraft Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR507 International Institutions, Law and Ethics Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR555 International Political Economy Research Workshop (0.0)

Year 3

Research Cluster Workshop

Compulsory (not examined)
Research Cluster Workshops

Students are required to attend one of the following International Relations Research Cluster Workshops:

 

IR502 International Relations Theory/Area/History Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR504 Security and Statecraft Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR507 International Institutions, Law and Ethics Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR555 International Political Economy Research Workshop (0.0)

Year 4

Research Cluster Workshop

Compulsory (not examined)
Research Cluster Workshops

Students are required to attend one of the following International Relations Research Cluster Workshops:

 

IR502 International Relations Theory/Area/History Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR504 Security and Statecraft Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR507 International Institutions, Law and Ethics Research Workshop (0.0)

 

IR555 International Political Economy Research Workshop (0.0)

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

1 : MY521L can not be taken with MY521M

2 : MY551L can not be taken with MY551M

3 : MY552L can not be taken with MY552M

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Progression and upgrade requirements

All MPhil/PhD students at LSE are initially registered with MPhil status. Continued re-registration and upgrade are dependent on satisfactory progress being made. Upgrade to PhD registration will normally happen at the end of the first academic year and no later than within 18 months of initial registration in line with Research Degrees Regulations.

Upgrade:

In order to progress to PhD registration, students must normally have met the progression requirements outlined below:

  • Achieved a mark of at least 50% in each of the required examined graduate-level course units in Research Methods training
  • Have made satisfactory progress in their research: this will be assessed by a face to face Review panel involving two academic staff members and including the views of the supervisor. Review panels will be formed in consultation with the supervisor.

Material to be submitted to the Review panel for upgrade must include: a research outline and one draft chapter of no more than 10,000 words. The proposal, which should illustrate the student’s command of the theoretical and empirical literature related to their topic, will be a clear statement of the theoretical and methodological approach they will take. This should demonstrate the coherence and feasibility of the proposed research and thesis. The submission will also include a timetable to completion, which should identify any periods of fieldwork necessary to the research.

The material submitted  will be also discussed and commented upon at IR501 lab sessions.

Regular attendance at IR501 and the IR Research Cluster Workshop will be taken into account for progression: at least 80% attendance is expected. In the unlikely event where a student is successful at passing the upgrade panel but requires a second attempt at completing the Research Methods Courses, they may be authorised to be upgraded but would be required to pass the course by the end of their Second Year in order to re-register.

Progress review:

After the first year Review panel,  progress will be reviewed annually as per Regulations for Research Degrees . Continued re-registration will be dependent on satisfactory progress being made. 

In Year 2, students will be expected to submit two additional draft chapters and a timetable to completion which will be reviewed by the same panellists as in Year 1.  The two chapters should be substantially new work, but may include revised material from Year 1. A virtual panel meeting will be scheduled and make recommendations on further progression based on progress made and quality of work submitted, as well as attendance at a Cluster Workshop.

Students in their third year of registration will be required to submit an annual progress report at the end of June, including a timetable to completion clearly setting out the work completed and remaining on the student’s research, as well as their commitment to a Research Cluster. These will need to be approved by the supervisor and reviewed by the Doctoral Programme Director in order to authorise re-registration.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.