M.A. Politics (Research)

Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This programme is designed to provide you with both the essential skills and the advanced knowledge and understanding to enable you to proceed to doctoral research. The social and political science research training provided will also be valuable for many non-academic careers, including careers in national and local government, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, social research and the media.



This programme, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system (Masterís plus PhD) for funding postgraduate studies, focuses on the development of the skills necessary to undertake research in the social sciences in general, and politics in particular.
You take compulsory modules then undertake a research project culminating in a 12,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and learning take place in workshops and practical classes, lectures, seminars, team-based problem-solving groups and in supervisory meetings for research papers and the dissertation.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory modules
POL8038 Doing Political Research
POL8050 Thinking about Political Research
POL8099 Dissertation
HSS8001 Thinking about Research
HSS8002 Information Skills
HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
HSS8007 The Nature of Inqiry and Explanation

English Language Requirements


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An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in international studies/politics or a related discipline. We may also consider applicants on an individual basis with relevant professional experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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