MSc Social Science Research Methods (Politics / International Relations)Find a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
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|
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.
Fees for 2016/17
Full time fees
Part time fees
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.
The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.
- 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
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.
The summer term is completed with a dissertation.
An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
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.|
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.
31 July 2016
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
11 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt