MSc Social Science Research Methods (Politics/International Relations)

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 18
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This MSc provides Economic and Social Research Council (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 continuing to PhD level, including ESRC-funded doctoral study. The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies promotes a close-knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give a high priority to teaching and supervision 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 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£6,500
Overseas
£15,700

Part-time fees

UK/EU
£3,250

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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

Optional units

During the second teaching block, you will take two 20-credit units from the full optional list of politics units available in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

Dissertation

The final part of the programme is a dissertation.

Entry requirements

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 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.

Careers

Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to further study at PhD level or pursue research jobs in government or private sector, for example in the House of Commons, the World Bank and the think tank Demos. 

Please see the careers and alumni pages on the School of Sociology, Politics and International Relations website for further information.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2017

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
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Bristol BS8 1TU http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/study/postgraduate-taught/

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