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MSc/ Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (Area and Development Studies)

Area and Development Studies Pathway Information

The Area and Development Studies Route through the Social Science Research Methods MSc is suitable for two groups of people:

  • Those people, especially practitioners, who want to develop their understanding of and skills in area studies research, especially from a European, International or Theoretical angle
  • Those planning to undertake a PhD on a topic pertaining to Politics, International Relations, or  Area Studies

All students take the core research methods modules that are taken by all students on the Social Science Research Methods MSc. The Area and Development Studies Route has two pathways: European Governance and Public Policy; and European and International Studies. Students in each of these pathways study one compulsory 20-credit and three optional 10-credit modules from an extensive list.

In the European Governance and Public Policy pathway, students all take the 20 credit Theory and Methods in European Governance and Public Policy. They then choose three of the following options: the EU Policy Process; Governing and Policy-Making in Britain;  The Policy Process in Germany;  Governing and Governance in France; State Crisis: Changing Governance in Italy; European Political Economy; Living with the Euro; The International Relations of the European Union; The Transformation of Governance and France and Africa.

In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the school, students are linked to a research group. Within the School of European Studies, the Politics and International Studies route is closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The European Governance, Public Policy and Area Studies pathway is closely involved in the activities of the EGIPP research unit, housed in the School of European Studies. The European and International Studies pathway is an inter-disciplinary scheme with ownership across the School and affiliation to all research units.

Students will be supervised by academic staff that have extensive experience of funded research for local and national government and voluntary sector bodies, as well as experience of research collaboration with local and national organisations and good links with local policy-makers and practitioners. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in books, academic and practitioner journals and presentations to conferences. Several staff members have been involved in editing journals related to are studies, politics and international relations.

In the European and International Studies pathway, students all take the 20 credit module Issues in International Relations.  They then choose three of the following options, each worth ten credits: International Law; Ethics, Justice and  International Politics; Post Cold-War American Foreign Policy towards the European Union; The International Relations of the European Union; La Grande Nation?  France and Africa; The Human Rights Culture; Living With the Euro.

In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the school, students are linked to a research group. Within the School of European Studies, the Politics and International Studies route is closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The European Governance, Public Policy and Area Studies pathway is closely involved in the activities of the EGIPP research unit, housed in the School of European Studies. The European and International Studies pathway is an inter-disciplinary scheme with ownership across the School and affiliation to all research units.

Students will be supervised by academic staff that have extensive experience of funded research for local and national government and voluntary sector bodies, as well as experience of research collaboration with local and national organisations and good links with local policy-makers and practitioners. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in books, academic and practitioner journals and presentations to conferences. Several staff members have been involved in editing journals related to are studies, politics and international relations.

For further information please contact Professor Alistair Cole: ColeA@cardiff.ac.uk