MA Social Science Research (Political Science and International Relations)

General

Program Description

Overview

Providing broad-based training in social science research, this course will equip you with the skills to manage a successful research career and contribute to society in a number of ways.

You will develop the following skills and the ability to apply them to practical research contexts:

  • Comprehension of the principles of research design and strategy, including an understanding of how to formulate research questions for empirical investigation.
  • Appreciation of alternative approaches to research.
  • Understanding of a broad range of research methods (including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) and the use of appropriate software for their application.
  • Advanced research skills and techniques, relevant to your field of study.
  • Research management techniques, including data management, and conducting and disseminating research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics.
  • Understanding of the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design, and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques.
  • Solid grounding in the basics of probability and a critical understanding of the scientific method and the nature of reflexivity.
  • Application of good ethical practice across the entire research process.

Primarily aimed at students following an ESRC-funded pathway onto a PhD, this course may also be suitable if you are intending to apply for +3 ESRC funding (that is, to cover a PhD) or are interested in developing a wide range of social science research skills.

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Course details

You will complete 80 credits of core research methods modules, plus 40 credits of either advanced research methods or politics-specific training and a 60-credit dissertation.

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject in the arts, humanities, or social sciences

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Careers

This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in pursuing PhD study in the social sciences. It may also be useful if you are looking to pursue a career in a statistical or quantitative discipline, such as analysis or planning roles.

Placements

We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.

Progression

If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.

Last updated July 2019

About the School

Part of one of the world's top universities, the Faculty of Social Sciences offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across business, economics, education, geography, law, poli ... Read More

Part of one of the world's top universities, the Faculty of Social Sciences offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across business, economics, education, geography, law, politics and international relations, and sociology and social policy. Read less