University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Politics with Research Methods

This course will prepare you for MPhil, PhD and a career in research. You�ll develop skills in three complementary areas: politics and international relations methods training, political analysis generally, and specialist training in your chosen area of politics or international relations. Graduates work in government, NGOs, the private sector, consultancies and think tanks. They are directors, private secretaries, managers, political advisers, barristers, parliamentary clerks, senior civil servants and administrators.

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2.1 honours degree, plus references from previous tutors. If you have different qualifications, we'll look at your application on its individual merits. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, 6.5 in writing, 5.5 in listening and 5.5 in speaking, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: research methods; philosophy and methodology of political research; dissertation in politics with research methods. Choose two optional modules from a range including: the political economy of globalisation; the politics of international law; contemporary ethnic conflict; Europeanization; the politics of global migration; contemporary global security.

Assessment methods

You�ll be assessed continuously through essays.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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