Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a ´1+3´ programme, the MA in Political Science (Research Methods) is designed for those students wishing to prepare for advanced research in political science. It requires you to take Advanced Political Analysis in addition to other research-based modules.
This pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules.
For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, an IELTS Certificate is required.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
This degree comprises the following modules:
20 credits - Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
20 credits - Social Research Methods I
20 credits - Social Research Methods II
20 credits - Research Design
20 credits - Introduction to Social Science Research
60 credits - Dissertation MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students)
Optional 20 credits from:
20 credits - Contemporary Themes and Issues in British Politics
20 credits - Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Politics and the State
20 credits - Global Ethics 1
20 credits - Global Ethics 2
20 credits - Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
20 credits - Democracy, Power and Citizenship
20 credits - Social Theory and Critique: Contested Knowledge
20 credits - Social Theory: From Marxism To Post Marxism
20 credits - Revolution And Enlightenment (Political Ideas A)
20 credits - Totalitarianism And The State (Political Ideas B)
20 credits - Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (IASS)
20 credits - Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (IASS)
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.
The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.
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