Taught course

Social Science Research Methods (Politics)

University of Bristol · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 117 331 7577