MSc Political Research

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc Political Research

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The MSc in Political Research provides you with focused training in research methods. It helps you to develop your professional skills in empirical political science.

The course explores different methodological approaches and their application to real-life political problems. It equips you with key transferable skills in:

  • research design
  • a range of research methods and their application
  • the management of different types of data

You’ll study

Along with giving you research skills, this course will enhance your ability to choose appropriate research methods and confront the issues of research design.

It's organised into core and optional classes. You’ll also complete a dissertation.

Facilities

Established in 2010, the School of Government and Public Policy integrates the Department of Government with three research centres:

  • European Policies Research Centre
  • Centre for the Study of Public Policy
  • Centre for Elections and Representation Studies

Learning & teaching

The MSc in Political Research is designed not only to give you research skills, but also to enhance your ability to choose appropriate research methods and confront the issues of research design. The course is organised into core and optional classes. You'll also complete a dissertation.

You receive training with a strong empirical focus, and supervision in small-group seminars and in individual sessions You’ll receive considerable time and attention from our staff.

Classes average 20 contact hours, with additional computer laboratory sessions for some methods classes.

Part-time students attend classes across two academic years. They then work on their dissertation over the course of 10 months.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Semester 1

  • Principles of Research Design
  • Quantitative Methods I

Semester 2

  • Quantitative Methods II
  • Qualitative Methods

Elective classes

Choose two classes.

  • Policy Analysis
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • International Institutions & Regimes
  • European Governance
  • European Political Economy

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science.

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £4,800 full-time
  • 2017/18 - £2,400 part-time

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £4,800 full-time
  • 2017/18 - £2,400 part-time

International

  • 2017/18 - £13,500 full-time
  • 2017/18 - £6,750 part-time
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part time
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Price
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4,800
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Locations
United Kingdom - Glasgow, Scotland
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Scotland/EU full-time