MSc Social Science Research Methods (Politics)

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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
Part-time study requires daytime attendance.
Start date September 2022

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. This MSc also covers the research process, ethical considerations and social theory. You will be encouraged to apply your methods training to substantive research interests.

This programme will be covered in our International Development and Relations webinar during our virtual open week. Register today.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£9,600
UK: part-time (two years)
£4,800
Overseas: full-time
£21,200

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2022/23

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

Programme structure

You will take a combination of mandatory and optional taught units within the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Each unit is delivered over the course of 12 weeks and assessed by an essay (or equivalent form of written submission).

The taught section of the programme is followed in the summer term by a dissertation.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Politics).

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

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. 

Find out more from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies web pages.

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Expected application closure date

Overseas applicants: 29 July 2022.
Home applicants: 12 August 2022.
 
Places are limited and allocated on a continuous basis from October 2021 until all places are filled. Early applications are advised to avoid disappointment.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

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REF 2014 results

  • Politics and International Studies:
  • 16% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 33% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 7% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

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

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