This course provides you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to proceed to doctoral research. The social and political science research training is also valuable for many non-academic careers, including those in national and local government, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, social research and the media.
The course blends study in Politics with the internationally renowned, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised, Humanities and Social Sciences research training programme.
As a student on this course you develop:
- advanced knowledge and understanding of political science methods and techniques required to carry out advanced research in politics
- skills in planning, managing and disseminating research
- knowledge and understanding of data collection methods and critical evaluation of various sources
- proficiency in a range of qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills
We have a student-run Politics Postgraduate Society which brings together MA and PhD students to organise academic and social events. The Society runs:
- professional development seminars, led by academic staff
- seminars delivered by fellow postgraduates
- round table discussions with staff and visitor
- a weekly film night during term time
Teaching and learning take place in workshops and practical classes, lectures, seminars, team-based problem-solving groups and in supervisory meetings for research papers and the dissertation.
You can include a work placement in your studies through the Career Development module.
Teaching will take place in Humanities and Social Sciences provided facilities and you will be part of the Politics community. The Politics building includes a dedicated postgraduate computer room and a postgraduate common room, and is next door to the Robinson Library.