You will study a core module in theory and methods, choosing from:
Research Skills and Methods
This module provides an introduction to the methods of contemporary philosophy. Topics addressed typically include: critical thinking in philosophy, reading in philosophy, research skills, dissertation planning, and presenting philosophical arguments in written work. You will also participate in online sessions focused on generic research skills.
Assessment: Written assignment
Introduction to Legal Research
This module introduces a range of approaches to legal research. It examines the importance and nature of legal research, foundational elements of legal research, and a variety of methods in legal research (such as doctrinal, theoretical, normative, and socio-legal). Alongside introducing legal research and methods, the module critically interrogates the underpinnings of each of the approaches used in legal research to uncover their advantages and disadvantages, and explore the connections and synergies between them. The module aims to improve students’ comprehension of the variety of methods in legal research, allow them to make an informed initial choice of the methodological approach(es) for their own research (while being aware of its limitations and possible alternative methods), and assist them in translating their research interests into viable research projects.
Assessment: Written assignment
You will also choose a total of five optional modules. This includes at least one module from each of the Law, Politics and Philosophy departments, and a further two modules from any of the three departments. The range of modules available typically includes:
- Issues in Transnational Criminal Justice,
- Socio-Legal Theory
- International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
- International Human Rights Law
- International Trade Law and Policy
- Global Crime Problems
- Public International Law
- Ethics and Global Ethics
- God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
- Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
- Topics in Global Justice
- Human Rights
- Philosophy and Mental Health
You can see the full module descriptions here.
- Globalisation and Governance
- Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
- Diplomatic History
- Global Cooperation in Practice
- The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
- International Relations Theory
- The European Union and Global Politics
- Dilemmas in International Relations.
- Security Studies
- US Foreign and Defence Policy
Dissertation or Practice-Based Dissertation
You will complete the programme with a research project.
If you choose to complete a written dissertation, this will be a substantial and sustained investigation of a topic related to one or more of the disciplines being studied, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation.
The practice-based dissertation is ideal for those who have begun careers and are returning to study after time in employment, or those who are aiming to enhance their employability by obtaining (further) experience within related professional contexts. It offers a more applied, contextualised approach to independent research than the more traditional dissertation route. In addition to completing 160 hours on placement, you are asked to produce a practical output/project for the organisation hosting your placement. This can take various forms, such as a report for internal use, a piece of research, a contribution to a report or policy document, a video, a feature article for a newspaper or another form or media output. You complete the placement with a 10-12,000-word report encompassing aspects including the rationale for the placement, a reflection on the tasks performed, and a theoretical discussion of an issue related to the placement.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.