University of York

University of York

Political Research

The course is designed to provide students with training in the distinctive concepts, methods, and techniques of the social sciences in general, of Politics in particular, and of the specific branch of the discipline in which their research will be located. This will allow them to pursue doctoral research in Politics. At the same time, the MA seeks to impart skills that will be of use to graduates in their future employment, whether or not they enter the Politics profession.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 or international equivalent in a relevant subject. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Core Module includes: political research and analysis; quantitative methods of data analysis; qualitative research in politics; personal and professional skills; dissertation. Three Option modules: approaches to political theory; conflict and development; contemporary issues in international political economy; contemporary issues in toleration; critical theories of international political economy; ethics and world politics; European public policy; global governance; governing for the environment ideas and institutions; introduction to quantitative methods of data analysis; issues in contemporary political philosophy; leading and managing change; managing public finances; new security challenges; personal and professional skills; policy analysis political research and analysis; politics of international trade and development; public management and delivery; qualitative research in politics; reason and power in European political thought; sex and the liberal state; state, space and globalisation; strategic planning; themes and theories in international relations; theories and policies of development governance; toleration and its enemies; twentieth-century communisms; women, citizenship and conflict.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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