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					Department of Politics and International Relations
                   Research and Postgraduate Studies
Royal Holloway
University of London




  Royal Holloway is widely recognised on the world stage as one of the
  UK’s leading teaching and research university institutions. One of the
  larger colleges of the University of London, we are strong across the
  sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Our 7,700 students work
  with internationally renowned scholars in 18 academic departments.
  The University of London degree gained by our talented, high-achieving
  graduates is valued the world over.
  As a cosmopolitan community, with students from over 130 countries,
  we focus on the support and development of the individual. Our
  friendly campus, just 19 miles west of central London, provides a unique
  environment for university study.
  We aim to provide an understanding of the modern world and equip
  students with the skills necessary to succeed in the careers of the future.
                    Politics and International Relations




The Department of Politics and                Contents
International Relations has an outstanding    Postgraduate Studies in
reputation for teaching and research          Politics & International Relations                     2
in a number of areas within this field.
The Department has a vibrant research         Research in the Department                             4
culture, focusing on political life at        Research Centres                                       6
the global, the national and the local
levels. Issues are examined from many         Taught Masters Programme                               8
different standpoints, with each approach
                                              Research Degrees MPhil & PhD                           18
complementing and enriching the
others. Led by internationally-renowned       Research Training                                      20
academics, our stimulating programme of
taught and research degrees is informed       Other Information                                      21
by our cutting-edge research, ensuring you    Admissions                                             22
are kept up-to-date with the very latest
information and approaches. Designed to       Academic Staff & Research Interests                    23
inspire and challenge, our postgraduate
degrees explore a range of important issues
in this discipline and can lead to improved   Contact details
career opportunities.                         Head of Department
We warmly invite you to join us.              Dr Nathan Widder
                                              n.e.widder@rhul.ac.uk

                                              Postgraduate and Research Administrator
                                              Lisa Dacunha
                                              Lisa.Dacunha@rhul.ac.uk

                                              Department of Politics & International Relations
                                              Royal Holloway, University of London
                                              Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK
                                              T: +44 (0)1784 443922
                                              F: +44 (0)1784 431018

                                              This brochure is designed to complement Royal Holloway’s
                                              Postgraduate Prospectus and information on the Department’s
                                              website at www.rhul.ac.uk/Politics-and-IR/

                                              It is also available as a PDF at:
                                              www.rhul.ac.uk/Politics-and-IR/studying/



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Postgraduate Studies in
Politics and International Relations




Major College investment resulted in the establishment of the      We offer an exciting range of MSc streams:
Department of Politics and International Relations in August
                                                                   • Democracy, Politics and Governance
2004. Prior to that, politics and international relations were
taught by a small group of staff within the multidisciplinary      • European Politics
Department of Social and Political Science at Royal Holloway,
                                                                   • Global Politics
but in fact teaching in these areas dates back to the
Department of Social Studies and Economics founded in 1919.        • International Relations
We are a young and rapidly expanding Department. This              • International Relations Theory
creates an advantageous environment for a team of early
                                                                   • New Political Communication
and mid-career scholars to play a major role in shaping the
future. We are located in one of the top higher education          • Political Research
institutions in the UK, with strong institutional commitment to
high quality research and teaching in politics and international   • Political Theory
relations.                                                         We offer expert supervision for doctoral students across
Our aim is to continue our upward trajectory by further            a range of subjects in politics and international relations,
developing our research base, teaching curriculum and              organised around three research centres:
international profile. Future appointments will a) capitalise       • The Centre for European Politics
on existing areas of strength while creating new strengths
that bring the Department into balance with respect to the         • The Centre for Global and Transnational Politics
field of politics and international relations and b) increase       • The New Political Communication Unit
the Department’s ability to compete in areas of emerging
importance. The Department currently consists of 18
permanent academic staff, plus a number of affiliated staff, all
of whom are actively engaged in research.




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                                                  We live in a period of rapid change in all
                                               spheres of life – political, cultural, economic
                                                       and social. The study of politics and
                                              international relations is concerned with the
                                            fundamental challenges linked to such change.




Our postgraduate programme is professionally relevant to            Research Excellence
those seeking careers in the public services, national and          The Department was ranked in the top ten small Politics
international institutions, journalism and the media. We also       departments in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment
offer an invaluable research training programme and a series        Exercise (RAE), placed 9th in the UK among departments of
of seminars and conferences that provoke ideas and debate.          Politics with fewer than 20 researchers, and 2nd in the UK
The Department currently has about 250 undergraduates,              among those with fewer than 15 researchers.
45 taught postgraduates and 35 postgraduate research                Overall, 70% of the Department’s research publications were
students. Our staff-student ratios are comparatively low and        judged to be in the top three categories: “internationally
the ability of students on our undergraduate and postgraduate       excellent” (31%), “recognised internationally” (35%) or
programmes is high. We also attract around 40 talented              “world-leading” (4%) in terms of their “originality, significance
students from around the world onto our JYA/Study Abroad            and rigour”.
schemes.
                                                                    This was the first time that the Department participated
The Department is based in a suite of offices in the College’s       in the RAE.
famous Founder’s Building. In addition, Royal Holloway has
a central London base at 11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury,
which is used for some postgraduate teaching and meetings;
it also serves as a social base for students using central London
facilities.

As one of the institutions that make up the federal University
of London, our students have access to an unrivalled group
of libraries and institutes in central London. Students benefit
from reciprocal reading arrangements with the libraries and
online resources of most other colleges and schools of the
University. Access to these and other academic libraries’
catalogues is available directly from computer terminals in the
College. University of London degrees have an international
reputation for excellence and are valued worldwide.

The College is within easy reach of the Public Record Office
at Kew as well as central London resources such as the
British Library. Our proximity to the country’s major libraries,
governmental, legal and financial institutions offers invaluable
opportunities for researchers working in any field. Central
London can be reached by train in about 40 minutes.
Researchers conducting fieldwork overseas will appreciate the
proximity of the UK’s two major airports: London Heathrow
(20 minutes drive) and London Gatwick (45 minutes drive).




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Research in the Department




The Department has a strong research reputation across               and Social Philosophy. They are also active participants in the
a number of fields in politics and international relations.           wider political science and international relations community,
Staff are currently engaged in a variety of research projects,       and have recently held visiting positions at the University
academic networks, and publishing projects.                          of California-Los Angeles, New York University, the Oxford
                                                                     Internet Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center
The Department has an exciting and expanding research
                                                                     for Scholars in Washington, the Research School of Pacific and
culture. We run regular visiting speaker seminars. In a more
                                                                     Asian Studies at the Australian National University, the Centre
informal setting staff and research students present work
                                                                     for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, Universidad
in progress at fortnightly lunchtime staff-student seminars.
                                                                     Simon Bolivar in Venezuela; the Centre for the Study of
There is also an active Politics & International Relations Society
                                                                     Political Change in Siena, and the Economic Development
run by undergraduate and postgraduate students. It hosts
                                                                     Foundation in Istanbul.
visiting speakers and organises a variety of social events. The
Department also publishes a Working Papers series which              Members of the Department have in recent years been
allows staff and research students to disseminate work in            academic consultants or advisers for the European
progress.                                                            Commission and the European Parliament; the UK Prime
                                                                     Minister’s Office, the UK Home Office, Foreign Office and
Members of the Department are active in professional
                                                                     Department for International Development, the Global Futures
organisations including the Political Studies Association, the
                                                                     Foundation; the Swedish Royal Commission; the Turkish
European Consortium for Political Research, the International
                                                                     Prime Ministry, Secretariat General for EU Affairs; the BBC;
Studies Association, the British International Studies
                                                                     the British Council; the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford
Association, the American Political Science Association,
                                                                     University; Oxford Analytica; the Center on International
the European Union Studies Association, the International
                                                                     Cooperation at New York University; and the Ford Foundation.
Communication Association, and the Association for Legal




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They have been invited to give lectures in Australia, China,   Studies Programme. They have won prizes awarded by the
Japan, Canada, the United States, South Africa, and Turkey,    Royal Historical Society, the American Sociological Association,
among other countries, as well as across the UK; and in the    the International Studies Association, the Association for the
last few years have organised conferences at Royal Holloway    Study of German Politics, as well as College teaching prizes.
on cosmopolitanism, the politics of web 2.0, development       Members of the Department are on the editorial boards of a
theory and practice, and teaching politics.                    number of journals including Res Publica: a Journal of Moral,
                                                               Legal and Social Philosophy; Media, War and Conflict; Journal
Staff have recently received grants and awards from the
                                                               of Information Techn ology and Politics; LOGOS Journal of
Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme
                                                               International Relations; and Foucault Studies. Members of the
Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and
                                                               Department have recently broadcast on the BBC, Sky television
the Nuffield Foundation in the UK; as well as the US National
                                                               and other major channels, and they are active in disseminating
Science Foundation and European Foreign and Security Policy
                                                               their work online via our three research centre blogs.




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Research Centres




Three research centres each provide a focus for research in      The Centre for Global and Transnational Politics
the Department. Each centre brings together internationally      Co-Directors: Professor Sandra Halperin and
regarded researchers and a growing community of PhD              Dr Chris Rumford
students, and seeks to build networks with other research
                                                                 The Centre for Global and Transnational Politics is devoted
centres in the national and international spheres. Students
                                                                 to a multi-disciplinary exploration of global and transnational
enrolling for a research degree will be associated with one
                                                                 processes and focuses on cutting-edge research on multi-level/
of the centres, though these are not mutually exclusive and
                                                                 macro-social change. The central concerns of the Centre are:
students are welcome to become involved in the activities of
                                                                 understanding the substance of, and connections between
more than one. Prospective research students are strongly
                                                                 and among, political processes that operate at all levels or
encouraged to find out more by visiting the Centre websites.
                                                                 scales: the local, national, international, trans-national, and
The Centre for European Politics                                 global; theorising and conceptualising these processes; and
Co-Directors: Dr Alister Miskimmon and Dr James Sloam            understanding how normative recommendations about what
                                                                 sort of world we should aspire to achieve are affected by
The Centre for European Politics (CEP) promotes excellence
                                                                 them. The Centre has five principal aims:
in research and teaching in the field of European Politics.
It brings together internationally regarded researchers          1. To further our understanding of the nature and direction of
and a growing PhD student community of ambitious                    current trends of change by promoting greater theoretical
students working in this area. Research is carried out on           innovation and inter-disciplinarity in international relations
contemporary European politics, drawing on expertise within         and global politics;
our Department, the College and in the wider academic and        2. To further our understanding of connections between and
policy community. The CEP establishes collaborative links           among political processes that operate across levels or
with academics, research institutes, and NGOs both in the UK        scales of analysis, to contribute to the conceptualisation of
and abroad. It also serves to stimulate intellectual debate on      these connections and to further our understanding of how
issues central to the understanding of contemporary European        normative recommendations about what sort of world we
politics and society, and the intellectual frameworks within        should aspire to achieve are affected by them;
which these can be studied. The CEP has particular strengths
in: comparative European politics; the theory and workings       3. To provide a forum for scholars who create connections as
of the European Union; Europe’s global role; and European           an intrinsic result of the kinds of research they do;
political theory and philosophy. The CEP plays a role at the     4. To establish a forum for open and critical debate;
interface between academia and public policy. As such it has
organised events featuring distinguished guests such as Lord     5. To build a worldwide network of scholars whose work
Mandelson, David Willetts MP, Sir Stephen Wall, as well as the      transects the boundaries conventionally drawn between
forthcoming EU seminar series.                                      and within disciplines.
 The MSc streams in European Politics; Democracy, Politics       The MSc streams in Global Politics, International Relations,
and Governance;and Political Theory are ideal preparation for    and International Relations Theory are ideal preparation for
doctoral research in the Centre for European Politics.           Doctoral research in the Centre for Global and Transnational
                                                                 Politics.
Website: http://cep.rhul.ac.uk/
                                                                 Website: http://cgtp.rhul.ac.uk/




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The New Political Communication Unit                             • Comparative and international communication policy,
Co-Directors: Professor Andrew Chadwick and                        including: Internet and new media governance and
Dr Ben O’Loughlin                                                  regulation; privacy, surveillance and security, the political
                                                                   economy of new media; cultural diversity policy; digital
The New Political Communication Unit is concerned with how
                                                                   divide and development issues.
new communication technologies shape change in political
institutions and behaviour, and how they create new policy       The Unit’s network inside Royal Holloway incorporates
problems for liberal-democratic and non liberal-democratic       academic staff from the Department of Politics and
states, including their roles in the global system. It is also   International Relations, the Department of Media Arts, the
concerned with the need for new theoretical and conceptual       School of Management, the Department of Psychology and
tools to make sense of these fast-moving developments.           the Department of Computer Science. Our external networks
The Unit has three distinct but related research foci:           include scholars and practitioners in a wide variety of
                                                                 organisations and countries.
• Comparative and international political communication,
  encompassing: the Internet’s impact on political               The MSc stream in New Political Communication is
  mobilization, campaigning and identity; the relationship       ideal preparation for Doctoral study in the New Political
  between media, war, new security challenges and                Communication Unit.
  conflict; audience reception studies in the context of the      Website: http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk/
  proliferation of media; the dynamic between citizens’
  changing uses of media and a transforming news
  environment; citizen journalism; technology and mobilities.

• Communication and comparative governance,
  encompassing: e-government, e-democracy and the
  changing interface between representative institutions,
  public bureaucracies and citizens; changing organizational
  practices shaped by new patterns of communication.




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Taught Masters Programme




The Department’s Masters programme offers a stimulating           Our current MSc streams are:
range of streams. All of these are also offered at Postgraduate   • Democracy, Politics and Governance
Diploma level and can be studied on a part-time or full-time
basis.                                                            • European Politics

Our MSc programme offers an advanced grounding in                 • Global Politics
Political Science and International Relations. Drawing on         • International Relations
recent scholarship and current research by members of the
Department, we encourage students to engage critically with       • International Relations Theory
a wide range of debates about the past, present and future of     • New Political Communication
political life.
                                                                  • Political Research
Each MSc stream consists of a mixture of core courses, stream
options, a generous choice of free options and a 10–12,000        • Political Theory
word supervised dissertation written over the summer.
                                                                  Stream structures
Teaching is conducted in small group seminars that meet
                                                                  Each MSc stream combines specialisation in the stream area
weekly for two hours, supplemented by individual tuition for
                                                                  with flexibility and choice. Each is based on four units in total
the dissertation. Students graduate with an MSc bearing the
                                                                  and conforms to one of two basic models:
title of their chosen stream.
                                                                  Model 1
Our MSc programme attracts those with backgrounds in
political science and from allied disciplines, and both recent    Core course (Autumn and Spring Terms): 1 unit
graduates and mature students with work experience. A large       Stream Core Course 1 (Autumn Term): 0.5 units
proportion of the students on the programme come from             Stream Core Course 2 (Spring Term): 0.5 units
overseas, including from Europe, North America, Africa, the       Free option 1 (Autumn Term): 0.5 units
Middle East, the Far East and South Asia.                         Free option 2 (Spring Term): 0.5 units
                                                                  Dissertation in the stream specialism: 1 unit
The presence of so many differing perspectives from around
the globe certainly serves to enhance the content of the          Model 2
courses on offer. It also provides all members of the course      Core course (Autumn and Spring Terms): 1 unit
with excellent opportunities to obtain genuinely global           Stream Core Course (Autumn Term): 0.5 units
perspectives through regular interaction with other course        Stream Core Option (Spring Term – constrained choice from
members. The programme is ideal for any student wishing to        short list of cognate courses): 0.5 units
obtain a substantial grounding in domestic and international      Free option 1 (Autumn Term): 0.5 units
politics. Many of our graduates go on to register for research    Free option 2 (Spring Term): 0.5 units
degrees, at Royal Holloway and other prestigious institutions     Dissertation in the stream specialism: 1 unit
in the UK and abroad.
                                                                  (Note: Not all streams, courses or options are guaranteed
                                                                  to be available every year.)




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                                                  Current events come alive in every lesson, and the
                                                      scholars make me feel that I am coming closer
                                                       to my ultimate dream, a career in politics and
                                                    international relations. It is an honour and a life
                                                changing experience to study in such an exceptional
                                                   department, I know I will most definitely miss it!”
                                                        Nicola Karcher MSc Democracy, Politics and Governance
                                                                                                  student 2008–09 from Germany




MSc stream in Democracy, Politics and Governance
The MSc Stream in Democracy, Politics and Governance provides an advanced grounding in contemporary political science,
focusing on democratic theory, political institutions, and public policy across different political systems.

Model 2 stream.


 Autumn                                            Spring                                            Dissertation

 Core course 1 unit                                Core course 1 unit                                1 unit

 Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in      Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in      Dissertation on an aspect of democracy,
 Politics and International Relations              Politics and International Relations              politics and governance

 Stream Core Course 0.5 units                      Stream Core Option 0.5 units
                                                   Choose one.
 The Politics of Democracy
                                                   Culture and Community
 Free Options (all 0.5 units)
                                                   Democracy in Comparative Perspective
 Choose one. You may choose from
 among the courses you did not take                Free Options (all 0.5 units)
 as your Stream Core Option as well as             Choose one. You may choose from
 the following:                                    among the courses you did not take
                                                   as your Stream Core Option as well as
 Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory
                                                   the following:
 Foreign Policy of the European Union
                                                   Issues in United States Foreign Policy
 Democracy and Politics in India
                                                   China in the World
 Media, War and Conflict
                                                   Russia and the West

                                                   Sovereignty, Rights, and Justice

                                                   Contemporary Continental Political Theory

                                                   Internet and New Media Politics

                                                   Politics of Globalization

                                                   Culture and Community




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MSc stream in European Politics
The MSc stream in European Politics provides advanced analysis of contemporary European politics, examining the interaction
between governments and institutions (including comparative and international perspectives) and a focus on the policies and
institutions of the European Union.

Model 2 stream.


 Autumn                                         Spring                                         Dissertation

 Core Course 1 unit                             Core Course 1 unit                             1 unit

 Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Dissertation on an aspect of European politics
 Politics and International Relations           Politics and International Relations

 Stream Core Course 0.5 units                   Stream Core Option 0.5 units
                                                Choose one.
 European Union Politics and Policy
                                                Democracy in Comparative Perspective
 Free Options (all 0.5 units)
                                                European Social Democracy
 Choose one for Autumn term
                                                Free Options (all 0.5 units)
 You may choose from among the
 courses you did not take as your               Choose one for Spring term
 Stream Core Option as well as the              You may choose from among the
 following:                                     courses you did not take as your
                                                Stream Core Option as well as the
 Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory
                                                following:
 Foreign Policy of the European Union
                                                Issues in United States Foreign Policy
 Democracy and Politics in India
                                                China in the World
 Media, War and Conflict
                                                Russia and the West

                                                Sovereignty, Rights, and Justice

                                                Contemporary Continental Political Theory

                                                Internet and New Media Politics

                                                Politics of Globalization

                                                Culture and Community




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MSc stream in Global Politics
The MSc stream in Global Politics explores at an advanced level such issues as globalization, identity, borders, regionalism,
transnational connections and mobilization.

Model 1 stream.



 Autumn                                         Spring                                         Dissertation

 Core Course 1 unit                             Core Course 2 unit                             1 unit

 Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Dissertation on an aspect of global politics
 Politics and International Relations           Politics and International Relations

 Stream Core Course 1.                          Stream Core Course 2.
 0.5 units                                      0.5 units

 Theories of Globalization                      Politics of Globalization

 Free Options (all 0.5 units)                   Free Options (all 0.5 units)
 Choose one:                                    Choose one:
                                                Issues in United States Foreign Policy
 Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory
                                                China in the World
 Foreign Policy of the European Union
                                                Russia and the West
 Democracy and Politics in India
                                                Sovereignty, Rights, and Justice
 Media, War and Conflict
                                                Contemporary Continental Political Theory

                                                Internet and New Media Politics

                                                Politics of Globalization

                                                Culture and Community




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“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience doing my MSc
at Royal Holloway. The world-class teaching staff
create a supportive and intellectually stimulating
environment for learning on a gorgeous campus.
The program is challenging but rewarding, and has
equipped me with the necessary skills to pursue a
vast array of options.”
Alexis Cawardias MSc International Relations
student 2008–09 from Canada



MSc stream in International Relations
The MSc stream in International Relations offers an advanced analysis of international relations, investigating the political,
economic and social interactions of various actors in world politics.

Model 2 stream.



 Autumn                                         Spring                                         Dissertation

 Core Course 1 unit                             Core Course 1 unit                             1 unit

 Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Dissertation on an aspect of international
 Politics and International Relations           Politics and International Relations           relations

 Stream Core Course.                            Stream Core Option.
 0.5 units.                                     0.5 units.
                                                Choose one.
 Analysing International Politics
                                                Politics of Globalization
 Free Options (all 0.5 units)
                                                Issues in United States Foreign Policy
 Choose one. You may choose from
 among the courses you did not take             China in the World
 as your Stream Core Option as well             Russia and the West
 as the following.
                                                Free Options (all 0.5 units)
 Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory   Choose one. You may choose from
 Foreign Policy of the European Union           among the courses you did not take
                                                as your Stream Core Option as well
 Democracy and Politics in India
                                                as the following.
 Media, War and Conflict
                                                European Social Democracy

                                                Democracy in Comparative Perspective

                                                Sovereignty, Rights, and Justice

                                                Contemporary Continental Political Theory

                                                Internet and New Media Politics

                                                Culture and Community

                                                Politics of Globalization




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MSc stream in International Relations Theory
The MSc stream in International Relations Theory is designed for those wishing to specialise in theoretical aspects of
international relations, with an emphasis on sovereignty, rights, and justice, and global political economy.

Model 1 stream.



 Autumn                                         Spring                                         Dissertation

 Core Course 1 unit                             Core Course 1 unit                             1 unit

 Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Dissertation on an aspect of international
 Politics and International Relations           Politics and International Relations           relations theory

 Stream Core Course 1.                          Stream Core Course 2
 0.5 units.                                     0.5 units.

 Analysing International Politics               Sovereignty, Rights and Justice

 Free Options (all 0.5 units)                   Free Options (all 0.5 units)
 Choose one.                                    Choose one.
                                                China in the World
 Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory
                                                Russia and the West
 Democracy and Politics in India
                                                Contemporary Continental Political Theory
 Media, War and Conflict
                                                Internet and New Media Politics
 Foreign Policy of the European Union
                                                Culture and Community

                                                Politics of Globalization

                                                Democracy in Comparative Perspective

                                                European Social Democracy

                                                Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy




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This course is perfectly designed to interpret new political communication,
which is an emerging issue in the twenty-first century. The Department includes
scholars and researchers who equip us with academic knowledge at global,
national and local levels, as well as critical thinking skills. We are exposed to
the most up to date and in-depth analyses of theories in the course. The recently
established research centres within the department also benefit students with
their research projects and external networks.
Pei-Hsin Gwenyth Wang MSc New Political Communication student 2008–09 from Taiwan




MSc stream in New Political Communication
The MSc stream in New Political Communication is for those seeking to understand the interplay between digital new media
and communication technologies, political institutions, behaviour and public policy, with emphases on citizen engagement,
mobilization, campaigning, and the role of new media in the global system.

Model 1 stream.


 Autumn                                         Spring                                         Dissertation

 Core Course 1 unit                             Core Course 1 unit                             1 unit

 Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Dissertation on an aspect of new political
 Politics and International Relations           Politics and International Relations           communication

 Stream Core Course 1.                          Stream Core Course 2.
 0.5 units.                                     0.5 units.

 New Political Communication                    Internet and New Media Politics

 Free Options (all 0.5 units)                   Free Options (all 0.5 units)
 Choose one.                                    Choose one.
                                                Contemporary Continental Political Theory
 Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory
                                                Culture and Community
 Democracy and Politics in India
                                                Democracy in Comparative Perspective
 Media, War and Conflict
                                                European Social Democracy
 Foreign Policy of the European Union
                                                Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
 People and Technology
                                                Politics of Globalization

                                                Sovereignty, Rights Justice

                                                China in the World

                                                Russia and the West




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MSc stream in Political Research
This MSc stream provides advanced training in political science research.

Model 1 stream.




 Autumn                                         Spring                                         Dissertation

 Core Course 1 unit                             Core Course 1 unit                             1 unit

 Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Dissertation on an aspect of political research
 Politics and International Relations           Politics and International Relations

 Stream Core Course 1.                          Stream Core Course 2.
 0.5 units.                                     0.5 units.

 Theories and Methods of Social Research        Theories and Methods of Social Research
 Term I                                         Term II

 Free Options (all 0.5 units)                   Free Options (all 0.5 units)
 Choose one.                                    Choose one.
                                                Contemporary Continental Political Theory
 Political Concepts
                                                Internet and New Media Politics
 New Political Communication
                                                Culture and Community
 The Politics of Democracy
                                                Democracy in Comparative Perspective
 Analysing International Politics
                                                Politics of Globalization
 Contemporary issues in Public Administration
                                                Sovereignty, Rights, Justice
 Public Policy and Philosophy
                                                European Social Democracy
 Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory
                                                Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
 Democracy and Politics in India
                                                China in the World
 Media, War and Conflict
                                                Russia and the West
 Foreign Policy of the European Union

 European Union Politics and Policy




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MSc stream in Political Theory
The MSc stream in political theory is ideal for those seeking an advanced course in contemporary political theory, exploring the
conceptual and theoretical features of classical and contemporary politics.

Model 1 stream.



 Autumn                                         Spring                                         Dissertation

 Core Course 1 unit                             Core Course 1 unit                             1 unit

 Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Analytical Approaches and Research Skills in   Dissertation on an aspect of political theory
 Politics and International Relations           Politics and International Relations

 Stream Core Course 1.                          Stream Core Course 2
 0.5 units                                      0.5 units.

 Political Concepts                             Contemporary Continental Political Theory

 Free Options (all 0.5 units)                   Free Options (all 0.5 units)
 Choose one.                                    Choose one .
                                                Culture and Community
 Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory
                                                Democracy in Comparative Perspective
 Democracy and Politics in India
                                                Internet and New Media Politics
 Media, War and Conflict
                                                Politics of Globalization
 Foreign Policy of the European Union
                                                European Social Democracy

                                                Issues in U.S.

                                                Foreign Policy

                                                Sovereignty, Rights and Justice

                                                China in the World

                                                Russia and the West




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                                                                      Postgraduate Diploma




Postgraduate Diploma                                                  Further information
The streams are also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level            Further information is available from the Masters’
(full- and part-time) for those who do not have the academic          Coordinators:
background necessary to begin an advanced Masters course.
                                                                      Dr Jonathan Seglow (for the MSc streams in Democracy,
The structure of the Diploma streams is identical except
                                                                      Politics and Governance; European Politics; New Political
that students do not write a dissertation. Students who are
                                                                      Communication; Political Theory; and Political Research)
successful on the Diploma may transfer to the MSc subject to
                                                                      j.seglow@rhul.ac.uk; T: + 44 (0)1784 443155
academic approval.
                                                                      Dr Nathan Widder (for the MSc streams in Global Politics;
Entry Requirements
                                                                      International Relations; and International Relations Theory)
The standard entrance requirement is a first or upper second           n.e.widder@rhul.ac.uk; T: + 44(0)1784 414127
class degree (or its foreign equivalent) in politics, international
relations or a related social sciences subject. Related social        More detailed information about our programme is
science subjects include, but are not restricted to: sociology,       available at: www.rhul.ac.uk/politics-and-IR/Studying/
history, communication, economics, geography, information             postgraduate.html
science, law, media and cultural studies, management, social
anthropology, social policy, psychology and technology
studies. Applications from those with non-standard
qualifications are also welcome. All applications are assessed
promptly.

Please note that there is a limited number of places available
on our MSc programme. Places are offered in the order in
which applications are received. Master’s studies commence in
late September and the deadline for applications is the middle
of the preceding June each year. It is strongly recommended
that you apply well before that date to avoid disappointment.
The ratio of applications to the intake in 2008 was 305:45.

Fees
Information about tuition fees is available online at:
www.rhul.ac.uk/Graduate-School/Prospective-
postgraduates/

Funding
A small number of fees studentships are offered on a
competitive basis for the MSc programme. For more details
visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/Graduate-School/Prospective-
postgraduates/




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Research Degrees MPhil & PhD




There are two types of research degree for which students           Examples of Some Current PhD Topics:
may register within the Department:                                 • The Clausewitzian Trinity: A theory of war for the modern
A University of London PhD is awarded to students who                 world? A Balkan Case Study
produce a substantial piece of original research in the form        • Turkey’s Western Vocation: The future of Turkey’s Western
of a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Candidates for PhD are            oriented foreign policy
normally registered for 3 years full-time, with submission
within not more than 4 years, or 6 to 8 years part-time.            • The role of Multi-National Corporations in Post-Conflict
Students must remain registered and pay an appropriate fee            Reconstruction
until submission.                                                   • The Political Economy of Democratic Transition:
An MPhil is awarded for original research and submission of           the case of Iran.
a thesis of up to 55,000 words. Candidates must normally be         • The Europeanisation of Turkey from the perspective of
registered for 2 years (full-time) or 4 years (part-time).            sociological institutionalism
Research students are normally registered for the MPhil degree      • France, Britain, Germany and the EU-NATO conundrum in
initially. For those who wish it, and who achieve satisfactory        the realm of crisis management
progress, this can be upgraded to PhD registration.
                                                                    • The Europeanisation of Social Democratic Party
The Department welcomes applications from suitably                    Organisation – convergence or divergence?”
qualified and highly-motivated candidates. We welcome
informal enquiries about research degrees via the Director of       • The European Union as a ‘Promoter of Peace’
Postgraduate Study, Dr Evelyn Goh (evelyn.goh@rhul.ac.uk).          • The Globalisation of Jihad
In the first instance you should forward your CV and a short
research proposal. UK-based candidates whose research               • Reciprocal Tribal Dynamics across the Durand Line
interests match those of the Department may be invited to
                                                                    • Domestic factors of regional cooperation: Thailand and the
the Department to discuss their research proposal and to
                                                                      ASEAN Security Community (ASC)
meet their prospective supervisor(s). We place great emphasis
on matching prospective students to supervisors’ interests,         • Online Mobilisation and Identity Building: A Case Study of
building on our existing research activities. We are particularly     Nosamo, a Supporters’ Network for the 16th President of
keen to encourage applications in areas related to our research       South Korea
centres.
                                                                    • EU anticorruption policy: did enlargement made a
                                                                      difference?

                                                                    • The internet and organisational change in the British
                                                                      Conservative Party.

                                                                    • Justice, Democracy and Meaningful Work

                                                                    • History and Revolution: From Russia to Iran




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Supervision                                                       There is an internal College process to select the candidates to
Each research student is allocated both a specialist supervisor   be entered for the +3 competition. We cannot guarantee that
and an adviser, whose role is to provide support and to review    you will be entered. The deadline for the ESRC studentships
and monitor progress. All research student activity in the        is the end of April. For further information, see www.
Department is overseen by the Director of Graduate Study.         esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/
The Department believes that careful supervision, appropriate     There are a small number of scholarships available from the
research and subject training, and a supportive academic          College and the Department, including Reid scholarships,
environment are crucial to the successful completion of           Thomas Holloway research studentships, College research
research degrees. Students’ supervisors and the Department’s      studentships, and College Overseas scholarships.
Director of Graduate Study take primary responsibility for
the academic and welfare needs of research postgraduates          For more information about these opportunities for funding visit:
in the Department. Students are encouraged to familiarise         www.rhul.ac.uk/prospective-students/postgraduates/
themselves with the College Code of Practice for the
Academic Welfare of Postgraduate Research Students at             and
www.rhul.ac.uk/Graduate-School/                                   www.rhul.ac.uk/politics-and-IR/studying/
Sources of Funding
Our Doctoral programme is recognised by the UK Economic
and Social Research Council (ESRC) on a +3 basis. Candidates
wishing to be considered for entry into the +3 competition
are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor no later
than the end of February of the year in which they wish to
commence their research.




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Research Training




Taught Courses                                                      PhD Student Views
New research students must complete the first year PhD               Anthony Cooper, PhD Student from the UK
research methods programme, which provides an advanced              “After completing my Masters degree in Politics, Democracy
grounding in the philosophy of the social sciences, political       and Governance at Royal Holloway, I had no intention of
analysis, research design, quantitative and qualitative research    leaving to undertake my PhD elsewhere. The Politics and
techniques, data processing, and ethical issues in research.        International Relations Department provides the perfect
In addition, all MPhil and PhD students, irrespective of their      environment for postgraduate study, not just because of
funding source, are expected to undergo further research            its excellent academic reputation, but also because of the
skills training. This is provided at Departmental, Faculty and      friendly and welcoming people who study and work there.
Graduate School levels and includes the following.                  Academic staff are very active within their respective fields
                                                                    of research, and this makes for a particularly exciting and
Postgraduate Induction Programme                                    stimulating department. To this end, there are always
This consists of a programme introducing students to the            discussion groups and seminars to attend and take part in.
research and other facilities within the Department and the         My PhD (a multidisciplinary study concerning the relationship
College. Further sessions relating to the use of information        between border processes and identity) is made easier
resources and specialist computing packages are available via       because of sound and well-structured supervision, consisting
the College library and Computer Centre.                            of regular meetings with my primary supervisor and an
                                                                    advisor who I can approach when needed. The Department
Research Development Programme
                                                                    also provides excellent teaching opportunities, as well as
This Graduate School programme covers issues such as                ample encouragement and opportunities to publish, for those
effective communication, academic networking, and career-           considering entering academia. All in all, the Department is a
related advice. The programme has been designed to be               great place to be, providing a solid foundation for my doctoral
‘rolling’ in nature. Students will have the opportunity to access   studies not just in terms of a dynamic environment and reliable
particular sessions throughout the year at appropriate stages       support, but also future success.”
of their research. The sessions are arranged mostly by Faculty
groupings so that students can participate in courses with          Gulay Icoz, PhD Student from Turkey
fellow researchers and more easily form networking groups.          “I chose the Department of Politics and International
                                                                    Relations for my PhD for a couple of reasons. One is that
Teaching Opportunities
                                                                    the Department and its academic staff have an excellent
Opportunities to undertake paid undergraduate seminar               reputation in teaching and research. I feel very lucky to be part
tutoring may be available for suitably qualified full-time           of such an institution. The other reason is that my research
research students (normally in years two and three of their         is on Turkey’s relations with the European Union and I knew
registration). Postgraduate teacher training is provided by the     my supervisor has expertise in this field and already had other
College for this purpose.                                           PhD students with similar research interests. My supervisor’s
                                                                    encouragement, support, and feedback have been vitally
                                                                    important. The Department also possesses a strong academic
                                                                    environment with its weekly student-staff seminar meetings
                                                                    and its well-organised and active postgraduate community.
                                                                    Since starting my PhD I have presented papers at conferences.
                                                                    Furthermore, the Department provides teaching opportunities
                                                                    for research students, allowing them the opportunity to gain
                                                                    experience should they choose to work in academia.”


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Other Information                                                  Royal Holloway International
Situated on a spacious campus in a beautiful parkland setting,     The College’s Language programme offers pre-sessional
students have access to an impressive range of modern and          courses in English for students accepted on to a postgraduate
social facilities. We also run a range of training programmes to   programme who need to improve their academic English.
ensure you get the most out of your time here.                     A Bridging Diploma for International Students is available
                                                                   for those who require a solid academic fundation before
The Libraries
                                                                   embarking on a postgraduate degree.
Royal Holloway’s extensive library is an essential part of the
College’s support for students and staff. Most politics and        It also offers courses on essay writing, dissertations and
international relations books are housed in the Bedford            academic discussion skills for postgraduate students during
Library, located at the heart of the campus. It provides all       the year. There are courses in French, German, Spanish and
the facilities expected of a modern university library in an       Japanese which students can take during the year at minimal
excellent environment for library users: comfortable reader        cost.
spaces; easy access to book stocks; a vast range of information    For more details visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/international/
technology – as well as a café! In addition to the substantial
                                                                   Location
library collections on campus, postgraduates also have access
to other libraries of the University of London, including Senate   The campus adjoins the A30 and is close to junctions of the
House and the London School of Economics.                          M25, M3 and M4 motorways. Fast trains to Egham from
                                                                   London Waterloo Station take about 40 minutes and connect
Computing Facilities                                               with a College bus during term-time. There are also good
The Computer Centre on campus has a wide range of                  train connections to Reading. It is ideally situated for travel to
computing facilities, open 24-hours a day. In addition to this,    and from other European countries, with Heathrow Airport
there are numerous computer rooms across the campus and at         being only a few miles from the campus, and Eurostar services
our central London base, 11 Bedford Square. All postgraduates      departing from London St Pancras.
have access to specially designed departmental workrooms
equipped with networked computers, as well as central
computing facilities. All doctoral students have access to desks
in shared offices with networked computers.

The Graduate School
The Graduate School is the focus for postgraduate teaching
and research in the College. It disburses scholarships and
awards, promotes the academic welfare of postgraduate
students and offers a Research Development Programme for
research students. There is a postgraduate society and online
discussion forum for postgraduate students. For more details
visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/graduate-school/

Advanced Skills Programme
Postgraduate students are eligible, subject to departmental
approval, to participate in the College’s Advanced Skills
Programme. This provides free-standing courses leading to
College Certificates in Computer Applications and Modern
Languages.

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Admissions




Further information and application forms for both taught      Alternatively, you can apply online at:
(MSc) and research (MPhil/PhD) postgraduate degree             www.rhul.ac.uk/Graduate-School/pages/
programmes are also available from the following address:      prospective.html

Ms Lisa Dacunha                                                Further information about the College, the Graduate School
Postgraduate Administrator                                     and the Advanced Skills Programme can be obtained from the
Department of Politics & International Relations               Postgraduate Prospectus, copies of which can be requested
Royal Holloway, University of London                           from: www.rhul.ac.uk/prospective-students/
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
                                                               Language Requirements
T: +44 (0)1784 443687
F: +44 (0)1784 434375                                          The College and Department require that all overseas students
Lisa.Dacunha@rhul.ac.uk                                        are sufficiently competent in English that they can complete
                                                               an advanced postgraduate course. For applicants with IELTS,
Completed application forms should be returned to:
                                                               we require an overall score of 6.5 (with 7.0 in writing); for
Postgraduate Admissions                                        TOEFL the requirement is 600 (or 250 in the compute based
Registry                                                       test). Cambridge Proficiency in English is also accepted at a
Royal Holloway, University of London                           minimum of grade C.
Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX
                                                               The terms and conditions on which Royal Holloway, University
T: +44 (0)1784 443350
                                                               of London makes offers of admission to its programmes of
F: +44 (0)1784 473662
                                                               study, including those covered in this booklet, may be found in
Overseas students are asked to enclose a transcript of their   the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Prospectuses, copies of
studies to date.                                               which can be requested from:
                                                               www.rhul.ac.uk/prospective-students/




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                                                                          Academic Staff and
                                                                           Research Interests




Dr Michael Bacon, BSc (Econ.), MSc, PhD (LSE)                     Dr Evelyn Goh, MA (Oxford),
Michael Bacon is a Lecturer in Politics.                          MPhil (Cambridge) DPhil (Oxford)

His research interests are in contemporary political theory,      Everlyn Goh is Reader in International Relations.
in particular political liberalism, pragmatism, and theories of   Her research interests range across international relations,
democracy.                                                        security studies, diplomatic history and area studies. Her
Dr Giacomo Benedetto,                                             recent research activities include the diplomatic history of U.S.-
BA (Sussex), MSc, PhD (LSE)                                       China relations; East Asian security and international relations;
                                                                  and the implications of the rise of China for the Asia-Pacific
Giacomo Benedetto is a Lecturer in Politics.
                                                                  region.
His research interests include the European Parliament and
                                                                  Professor Sandra Halperin, MA, PhD (UCLA)
Comparative Legislatures, EU budgetary policy, Political
Parties, European elections and Euroscepticism.                   Co-Director, Centre for Global and Transnational Politics.

Dr Stephanie Carvin,                                              Sandra Halperin is an international relations specialist. Her
BA (Queen’s Canada), MSc, PhD (LSE)                               research interests include the causes and conditions of war
                                                                  and peace, the sociology of international relations, global and
Stephanie Carvin is Lecturer in International Relations.
                                                                  comparative political development, and Middle East politics.
Her research interests include international law, international
organisations, humanitarianism, the Cold War and Canadian         Dr Oliver Heath, BA (Sussex), MA, PhD (Essex)
and American foreign policy.                                      Oliver Heath is a Lecturer in Politics.
Professor Andrew Chadwick,                                        His research interests include comparative democracy, with
BA (Birmingham), MSc, PhD (LSE)                                   a focus on voting behaviour and political stability in second
Head of Department (2006-2009)                                    wave democracies, political participation in Britain, and
                                                                  research methods in the social sciences.
Co-Director, New Political Communication Unit.
Andrew Chadwick’s current research interests are at the           Dr Yasmin Khan, BA, DPhil (Oxford)
intersection of three main lines of inquiry: comparative          Yasmin Khan is Lecturer in Politics.
political communication (the Internet’s impact on political       Her interests are in secularism, ethnic violence,
mobilisation); comparative governance (e-government,              democratisation and decolonisation, in particular the
e-democracy) and comparative and international public policy      postcolonial politics of India and Pakistan.
(Internet governance and regulation).
                                                                  Professor Ronnie D. Lipschutz, BA, BS
Professor Gavin Drewry,                                           (University of Texas), MSc (MIT), PhD (UC-Berkeley)
BSc (Soc Sci) (Southampton)
                                                                  Ronnie Lipschutz is a Professor of International
Gavin Drewry is a political scientist specialising in             Relations.
public administration and public sector reform.
                                                                  His work focuses on transformations in the contemporary
He has a particular interest in the relationships between         global political economy and the international and domestic
law, politics and administration and has written extensively      political consequences. He also works on environmental
on the functions and management of legal institutions,            politics and policy, global civil society, politics and political
on the legislative process and on mechanisms of legal and         economy in popular culture, and the public-private
parliamentary accountability.                                     hybridisation of the state.




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Dr John Mattausch, BA (Warwick), PhD (Edinburgh)                  Dr Jonathan Seglow,
John Mattausch is a Lecturer in Sociology.                        BA (Oxford), MSc (LSE), PhD (Manchester)

His interests are in ethnicity, in particular the relations       Jonathan Seglow is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory.
between different ethnic groups in contemporary British            His research interests are in contemporary political theory.
society. He is also interested in explanatory social theory       He has written on liberalism, multiculturalism, theories
and in particular the roles played by chance in effecting         of recognition, altruism and the ethics of immigration
sociopolitical change.                                            restrictions.
Dr Alister Miskimmon,                                             Dr James Sloam, BA (Sussex), PhD (Birmingham)
BA (Stirling), PhD (Birmingham)
                                                                  Co-Director, Centre for European Politics.
Co-Director, Centre for European Politics.
                                                                  James Sloam is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations.
Alister Miskimmon is Senior Lecturer in European Politics and     His principal areas of interest are: German politics, political
International Relations. His main research interests lie in the   parties/ European social democracy, youth participation in
fields of German politics, European integration and security       democracy and civic education. He has published widely in
studies.                                                          the field of German politics and youth participation/civic
Dr Ben O’Loughlin,                                                education.
BA (Northumbria), MSc (Warwick), PhD (Oxford)                     Dr Nathan Widder,
Co-Director, New Political Communication Unit.                    BA (Johns Hopkins), MSc (LSE), PhD (Essex)
Ben O’Loughlin is Lecturer in International Relations. His        Head of Department from September 2009.
current research interests lie in the area of international       Nathan Widder is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory. His
political communication, particularly the relationship between    teaching and research covers the history of Western political
media, war, new security challenges and conflict.                  thought and philosophy and contemporary Continental
Dr Stefanie Ortmann,                                              philosophy. His work focuses on questions of difference,
MA (Edinburgh), MSc, PhD (LSE)                                    pluralism, power, identity, and knowledge.
Stefanie Ortmann is a Teaching Fellow in I                        Dr Michael Williams,
nternational Relations.                                           BA (Delaware), MA (Berlin), PhD (LSE)
Her research interests include the state and identity in IR       Dr Williams is Lecturer in International Relations.
theory, hermeneutics and critical theories in IR, the Russian
                                                                  His research focuses on war, strategic aspects of international
state, and Russian foreign policy.
                                                                  relations and US foreign policy/transatlantic relations.
Dr Chris Rumford,
BSc (Middlesex), MSc (Birkbeck), PhD (City).                      Administrative Staff
Co-Director, Centre for Global and Transnational Politics.        Marilyn Corrigan
                                                                  Departmental Administrator
Chris Rumford is Reader in Political Sociology and Global
Politics. His research interests include the transformation       Lisa Dacunha
of contemporary Europe, Turkey-EU relations, borders and          Postgraduate and Research Administrator
spaces, and globalization and cosmopolitanism. He has             Brenda Wareham
published widely in these fields.                                  Undergraduate Administrator

                                                                  The information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of
                                                                  publication but is subject to change as part of the Department’s policy of
                                                                  continuous improvement and development.

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