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Programme structure: Global Political Economy (MRes) - what's running in 2022/23

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

    This section describes which Units you will take in which year of study. It indicates which units are mandatory and where you will be able to choose. The overall pass marks you will need to achieve in order to progress or achieve an award are shown. The full regulations concerning progression and completion are held in the University's Regulations and Code of Practice. Any particular aspects of your programme that are unusual will be highlighted. If any Units are must pass this will be shown below. The linked unit specifications detail any additional requirements.

    What do the Levels represent?

    What do the teaching blocks (TB) mean?

  • Year 1 (2022/23)
Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design GEOGM0015 15 Mandatory TB-4
Global transformations: Issues and Trajectories POLIM0007 15 Mandatory TB-1
Dissertation (SWDTC) POLIM0008 60 Mandatory AYEAR
The research training units "Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences" & "Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences" run a number of times across the Faculty. Students may request to take whichever unit best fits their timetable, but requests are subject to space constraints.
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0011 20 Mandatory TB-1,TB-2
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
In addition to the mandatory units and the dissertation, students choose additional units from the list below or other optional units at Bristol, Bath or Exeter by agreement with the programme director. Depending on the institution offering them, units may be of different credit values; the minimum volume of credit required for this programme is 180.
International Political Economy POLIM3015 20 Optional TB-1
Theories of Development POLIM3018 20 Optional TB-1
Governance, Institutions and the Global Political Economy SPOLM1073 20 Optional TB-1
Migration, asylum and human rights: EU and global policy perspectives. SPOLM0042 20 Optional TB-2
Society, Politics and Climate Change POLIM0055 20 Optional TB-1
Supervised Individual Study SPAIM0038 10 Optional AYEAR
Environmental Policy and Politics GEOGM1409 20 Optional TB-1
Economic Foreign Policy and the International Trade Regime (Bath Uni unit) SPAIM0050 10 Optional TB-2
  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 but is permitted in designated programmes (as set out in the programme specification) where students choose to withdraw from the intended programme but otherwise achieve the necessary credit points for the exit 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.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

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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