University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Political Research

This programme seeks to provide students with comprehensive, advanced-level methodological training in politics and international relations. It has a dual remit, equipping students with transferable skills for graduate employment, while also laying the foundations for research leading to a doctorate. The programme gives participants the knowledge, understanding and competence to deploy qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis in the conduct of theoretically informed research in politics and international relations. Students are required to present research results in the form of oral and written reports. A dissertation permits students to develop skills in an area of particular interest to them. The programme is tailored to provide the methodological training and critical capacity for advanced research in politics or international relations.

Entry requirements

Students should have a good 1st degree or its equivalent in politics, international relations or a related discipline. 2 academic references are required. Applicants who have been educated in the medium of English are still required to meet the English language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that applicants meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. Applicants who are in doubt about their proficiency in English should contact the British Council office or its equivalent in their country. For applicants whose 1st language is not English, it is important that their proficiency in English is good in order for them to study successfully at the University.

Course modules

The programme has 4 modules: theories and issues (30 credits); research design, data and presentation (30 credits); qualitative research methods in politics and international relations (30 credits); quantitative methods in political science and international relations (30 credits); a supervised dissertation of 12,000 words is undertaken on an agreed topic (for potential PhD students this is usually an early consideration of their selected field). (60 credits).

Assessment methods

The course modules that constitute the programme are assessed on the basis of the continuous assessment of the component assignments (essays, presentations, projects, etc) and the dissertation.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MRes Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraudate Secretary, School of Social Science
Telephone number: 
01224 272762