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.

Description of Politics (Research)


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 September  2016
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


IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Politics (Research)

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 for Politics (Research)

No work experience is required.

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Newcastle University, United Kingdom

United Kingdom From its origins as a School of Medicine and Surgery in 1834, Newcastle University today offers a first-class student experience in the heart of Britainís number one student city. Newcastle is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Ranked among the best in the world by the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Newcastle University is in its global top 150, while The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 placed us in 12th position in the UK.

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