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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

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Courses and Timetable

The provisional list of courses for MPhil Students in 2020/21 can be found here.

In addition to the optional courses, students will undertake mandatory Statistics and Research Methods courses in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. 


Graduate Student Resources

Please consult the following pages for information about -

Formatting and Style Guides

Applying for Ethical Approval

Applying for Leave to Work Away

Risk Assessments and Fieldwork 

Examination Allowances

Examination Review Procedure

Disability Support


Examination Data Retention Policy 

The Examination Data Retention Policy is available here.


Plagiarism Guidelines

All students will information about plagiarism in the Handbook, which is given out on Induction Day. You will be required to submit a coversheet with each assessed piece of work attesting to its originality. The plagiarism guidelines can also be found here.



Current students can find more information about the course via the Moodle Site. This closed network site is used to make specific course guides and other documents available to the students. Current MPhil students can log on to it using their Raven password, and will see the ‘MPhil Politics and International Studies’ site. If you have problems accessing the site, please contact the Graduate Secretay.


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Code of Practice

It is essential that students review the Code of Practice at the start of their study so a signature page has been introduced to the booklet to help encourage this. We will not be checking on students or their supervisor that this has been completed, but please note that if you do not sign the booklet this does not mean that you will not be held against it. The Code of Practice will be distributed in student's induction packs, but can also be found online here.


Academic Staff Office Hours

These office hours apply in term. If you wish to see a member of staff outside of term it is advisable to check first whether they are keeping regular office hours. If you are unable to make office hours during term time, please contact lecturers via email to make an alternative appointment.

This list applies to the Course Leaders on the MPhil; for a more comprehensive list please see the table at the bottom of this page. 

Academic Office Hours
Wednesdays 2.00-3.00pm

Tuesdays 9.00-11.00am

Thursdays 10.00am-12.00pm

Appointment by email
Ian Shields (Cultures of War) Appointment by email
Appointment by email
Appointment by email
Appointment by email
Appointment by email
Sylvana Tomaselli (Punishment) Appointment by email
Dr Tomas Larsson (Religion and Politics) Appointment by email
Dr Glen Rangwala (The Middle East in Global Politics) Wednesdays 11.05am - 12.05pm
Dr Sharath Srinivasan (The Politics of Africa: Past, Present, Future)

Wednesdays 4.00-5.00pm

Dr Pieter van Houten (Research Methods) Tuesdays 10.30am-12.00pm or appointment by email