IR517M      Half Unit
Special Topics in International Relations

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

PhD Programme Director


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in International Relations. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Students enrolled on IR511M follow an independent course of study on an approved topic with their supervisor(s) who will support them in producing the final research paper. There are no set lectures or seminars for this course, though students are expected to attend and participate in the Departmental research workshop most closely aligned with their research interests.

The objectives of the course are to facilitate student engagement with specialised literature at an advanced level relevant to their area of research.


Students will meet with their supervisor(s) on a fortnightly basis to discuss the readings, develop their research question, and receive feedback on their work.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Students will produce a plan for the research paper (1500 words) by the end of Week 4 of the MT on which the student will receive feedback and topic approval from their supervisor(s) which will be shared with the PhD Programme Director.”

Indicative reading

There is no indicative reading list for this course. Readings will be developed by the student’s supervisor(s) and the student to reflect the research student’s interests. These will be shared with the PhD Programme Director.


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the LT Week 2.

A 4,000 word research paper on a topic agreed between the student and their supervisor(s) to be submitted by the beginning of Week 2 of the LT, with written feedback to be shared with the PhD Programme Director. This will count towards 100% of the final mark

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2021/22: 1

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills