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MScPolitics with Research Methods

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This course is almost as flexible as the regular MA. The only difference is that modules in advanced research methods are compulsory.

The 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.

There’s a range of optional modules to choose from, representing all of our biggest academic strengths. The free structure means you can cover a lot of ground and graduate with an unusually wide range of knowledge.

Programme structure

Core modules

Research Methods
Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research
Dissertation in Politics with Research Methods

Optional modules

Choose two from a range including:
The Political Economy of Globalisation
The Politics of International Law
Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
The Politics of Global Migration
Contemporary Global Security


All taught modules (not the dissertation) are taught in seminars.


You’ll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MSc successfully you must earn a total of 180 credits. Most core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you’ll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don’t complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States