Taught course

Political Research

University of Aberdeen · School of Social Science

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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