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Programme structure: Contemporary Identities (MSc) - what's running in 2017/18

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Dissertation SOCIM1000 60 Mandatory
Contemporary Identities and Inequalities SOCIM0015 20 Mandatory
Students must also choose FIVE optional units. Students must take at least FOUR from the following list:
Interpreting Gender SOCIM3103 20 Optional
Care, Labour and Gender SOCIM0004 20 Optional
Religion, Ethnicity and Value Change SOCIM0010 20 Optional
Contemporary Sociological Theory SOCIM3101 20 Optional
Theories of Ethnicity and Racism SOCIM3107 20 Optional
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0011 20 Optional
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences SOCIM0012 20 Optional
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0013 20 Optional
Understanding Culture SOCIM0014 20 Optional
Contemporary Identities and Inequalities SOCIM0015 20 Mandatory
Advanced Qualitative Research SOCIM3132 20 Optional
Advanced Quantitative Research SOCIM3133 20 Optional
Mind, body, spirit? Critical approaches to contemporary belief SOCIM0022 20 Optional
Gender, Family and Migration SOCIM0023 20 Optional
Researching Organisations, Institutions and Management EFIMM0045 20 Optional
Research for a Sustainable Society EFIMM0044 20 Optional
Students may also be able to choose a maximum of ONE unit from the following list of Politics units depending on availability:
Conflict, Security and Development POLIM1007 20 Optional
Small Business Development POLIM2030 20 Optional
Gender and Development POLIM2032 20 Optional
Managing and Evaluating Development POLIM2036 20 Optional
Environmental Politics POLIM2041 20 Optional
Gender, Masculinity/ies and International Relations POLIM3016 20 Optional
Foreign Policy Analysis POLIM3017 20 Optional
Discourse Analysis: Research Methods for Politics and International Relations POLIM3024 20 Optional
Europeanisation POLIM3028 20 Optional
International Human Rights POLIM3030 20 Optional
Sino-US Relations in Global Politics POLIM3033 20 Optional
East Asia, Europe and Global Integration POLIM0011 20 Optional
Global Civil Society POLIM0022 20 Optional
China's International Relations POLIM0023 20 Optional
India: An Emerging Power POLIM0017 20 Optional
Theories of Violence POLIM0018 20 Optional
European Security POLIM0019 20 Optional
Climate Change and International Security POLIM0004 20 Optional
Global Justice POLIM0005 20 Optional
Northern Ireland: A case study in ethno-national conflict and resolution POLIM0031 20 Optional
The Politics of HIV / AIDS in Africa POLIM2042 20 Optional
The Middle East in International Relations Theory POLIM0037 20 Optional
Japan and East Asia: Socio-Economic Development POLIM0027 20 Optional
International Development Organisations POLIM2048 20 Optional
Researching Organisations, Institutions and Management EFIMM0045 20 Optional
Research for a Sustainable Society EFIMM0044 20 Optional
MSc Contemporary Identities   180  

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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