Political Research MRes

Political Research, MRes

Introduction

MRes Political Research provides advanced methods of data collection and analysis to suit wide ranging industries and research.

Key Facts

Duration
1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time / Part Time
Start Month
September
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning

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Overview

The Masters in Political Research seeks to provide you with a comprehensive, advanced-level methodological training in Politics and International Relations. The qualification has a dual remit, equipping you with transferable skills for graduate employment, while also laying the foundations for research leading to a doctorate. The programme gives you the knowledge, understanding and competence to deploy qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis in the conduct of theoretically informed research in Politics and International Relations.

You are required to present research results in the form of oral and written reports and a dissertation permits you to develop skills in an area of particular interest. The MRes programme is tailored to provide the methodological training and critical capacity for advanced research in Politics and International Relations.

Completion of its four compulsory courses merits a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Research.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MRes programme which runs in September.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Qualitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations (PI5021)

This course explores the possibilities of qualitative research methods for students of politics and international relations. It examines the range of qualitative methods available to researchers, practically and critically, including participant observation, interviewing and focus groups. Having completed the course, students will be competent in the processes of designing, carrying out, analysing and writing up their own small-scale qualitative study.

Theories and Issues in Political Science and Ir (PI5022)

This course provides the theoretical/conceptual underpinning for the MRes in Political essential Research. It examines some of the central theoretical approaches in the study of political science and international relations which will be used to critically approach an analysis of a number of contemporary issues. Issues to be addressed will include, but are not confined to, the debates surrounding: Globalization; the European Union; Nationalism and Human Rights. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to apply these theoretical approaches to the analysis of issues within their own field of interest.

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Quantitative Methods in Political Science and International Relations (PI5514)

This course is a practical introduction to quantitative research methods in political science. It examines the logic of quantitative social research, including issues of sampling, measure­ment, and statistical in­ference. Students will use the SPSS for Windows statistical software package and become familiar with a number of different data sets. Students will develop an understanding of a range of statistical techniques for the manipulation and analysis of political science and interna­tional re­lations data, including multivariate techniques typically used for analysing such data.

Research Design, Data and Presentation (PI5516)

This course is an introduction to issues of research design, data collection and effective academic communication in political science research. Its primary objective is to introduce students to the basic rationale, logic and method of original empirical research. It prepares students for how one develops and translates interesting questions and broad theoretical concepts into manageable research projects, and how to communicate the project’s ideas and findings. This requires an understanding of the state of the art of the discipline and the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches.

Semester 3

Introduction

A supervised dissertation of 12,000 words is undertaken on an agreed topic (for potential PhD students this is usually an early consideration of their selected field). (60 credits).

Compulsory Courses

Dissertation in Political Research (PI5904)

This is a compulsory element on the MRes Political Research programme.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Teaching includes a range of interactive methods and approaches to learning in order to enhance students’ critical thinking, presentation and interpersonal skills.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research
  • Individual Projects
  • Seminars

Assessment

Courses are assessed through essays, presentations, group and project work. The variety of assessment in the programme ensures that students apply theory to practice and become expert communicators and team players.

Why Study Political Research?

  • The MRes Political Research provides you with an excellent range of research and analytical skills which are in demand across the globe.
  • The MRes Political Research is offered by the department of Politics and International Relations. The department has just celebrated its 50th anniversary and prides itself on offering core subject areas along with specialist electives which represent the research interests of its team.
  • At Aberdeen, we provide a world view of politics against the background of a cosmopolitan city with a worldwide energy industry at its heart.
  • The Department is a dynamic community of scholars. The following themes feature highly on the Department's research agenda: Comparative Political Parties and Elections, European Union, Security Studies, Cross National Surveys, Scottish Politics, Regional IR (Latin America), Human Rights and Development Issues, Environmental Politics, Energy Politics.
  • MRes Political REsearch is taught in the School of Social Sciences, part of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. The School provides and exciting and vibrant research lead learning environment of the highest quality.
  • All of our degrees offer thorough training in the basic principles of social science and specialised training in preparation for a wide variety of careers.
  • The Department of Politics & International Relations forms part of the School of Social Science, with core teaching staff and in excess of fifty postgraduate students. The centre celebrated five decades as a centre of academic excellence for political research with an international reputation.
  • We provide you with a core curriculum along with unique options that represent the research interests among staff. These interests include international political economy and globalisation, democracy and democratization, public policy and public opinion, power and security, interest groups, political parties, social movements, institutions and many more.
  • We offer expertise in the Middle-East, Latin America, North and South Asia, the Nordic Countries, Central and Eastern Europe as well as Scotland, the UK and the EU.

We provide a number of research centres at University of Aberdeen which are relevant to european politics:

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

For international students entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study.

Fees and Funding Table for HOME, EU, RUK and International Students
Nationality Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition fee for main award £4,500
International Students Tuition fee for main award £13,800
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trip courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Entry Requirements

References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.

Prospective students requiring a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply as early as possible to secure a place.

Applications received after 30 June (September intake) from students who need to apply for a visa will not be processed in time for entry, but will be considered for entry into the next intake as appropriate.

Qualifications

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2.1 or above from a recognised university of body in Politics, International Relations or a related discipline.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)

Facilities

  • Centre for European Survey Research

    The ECSR has Associate Survey Agencies in more than 100 countries worldwide and can offer basic and applied research in form of quantitative and qualitative surveys as well as other empirical research tools in the social and economic sciences.

  • New Europe Centre

    The New Europe Centre represents a group of researchers at the University of Aberdeen with projects from a number of different funding sources. We are committed to doing quality research in order to better understand the world around us.

  • Centre for Global Security and Governance

    The Centre for Global Security and Governance brings together academic experts, policy makers, and students to define, analyse, and propose remedies to the most pressing security and governance challenges the world faces in the 21st century.

Careers

International survey organisations
Market Intelligence
Intelligence
Civil service research
Trades Unions
Politician

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Lynn Bennie

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Contact

Address
School of Social Science
University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen

AB24 3QY
Email
Phone
+44 (0)1224 272762
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