GV5XG      Half Unit
Research Paper in Political Science and Political Economy

This information is for the 2022/23 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.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2021/22: 2

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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