MSc Social Science Research Methods (Politics / International Relations)

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Course length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 18
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This MSc provides ESRC-approved research training in politics and international relations. We aim to provide a thorough grounding in practical methodological skills through hands-on experience and the critical exploration of relevant examples and case studies. It is particularly suited to those seeking a career as a social science researcher or proceeding to PhD level, including ESRC-funded doctoral study. The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) promotes a close-knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give teaching and supervision a high priority while maintaining high-quality, high-volume research.

The programme provides thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of the variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods available to the social scientist, and the main methods of data analysis. The programme also covers the research process, ethical considerations and social theory. You will be encouraged to apply your methods training to substantive research interests.

Open day, Wednesday 15 June 10am-4.30pm

2D3, Social Science Complex, 12a Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TN

The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies will be holding a postgraduate open day on Wednesday 15 June. The open day will consist of a welcome from the Teaching and Learning Director, presentations by Pathway Directors, sample seminars, careers information, a campus tour, refreshments and an informal question and answer session. Administrative staff will also be available to meet with you to discuss our programmes and the application process and answer any other general enquiries.

Open days are a great opportunity for you to meet current staff, view our facilities and find out more about your programme and school. For more information or to register your interest, please email spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk stating your full name, the programme you are interested in and any dietary requirements.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£6,100
Overseas
£15,500

Part time fees

UK/EU
£3,050

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • Qualitative Social Research
  • Quantitative Social Research
  • Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences.

Plus at least one from the following list:

  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research
  • Discourse Analysis: Research Methods for Politics and International Relations
  • Political Research Methods

Optional units

You will also take two 20-credit units from the full optional list running in SPAIS during Teaching Block 2. A list of current units is available on the SPAIS website.

Dissertation

The summer term is completed with a dissertation.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification. 

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2016

Careers

Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation.

Students of the MSc Research Methods programmes go on to further study to PhD level or pursue research jobs in government or private sector - organisations such as House of Commons, World Bank,  DEMOS among others. 

Please see the Careers and Alumni pages on the SPAIS website for further information.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 16% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 33% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 7% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Senior Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7577 Email: spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
11 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt

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