Taught course

Political Science

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Government
Qualifications
MAMScMRes

Entry requirements

A degree with an overall high 2:2

MA, MSc, MRes

Months of entry

October

Course content

How do political scientists explain political outcomes? How can political science be used to analyse the real world? Our MRes gives you additional rigorous training in research design and methods compared to an MSc or MA, preparing you for PhD research in any sub-field of political science. Our MSc & MA Political Science gives a general overview of such topics, and as our most flexible postgraduate course offers you a very wide choice of optional modules.

You learn how to ask questions across political science, developing theories, conducting research, analysing data and exploring the empirical implications of theoretical models empirical methods. You learn to draw your own conclusions as to which approaches are appropriate for the questions they want to ask and answer, and gain a thorough and rigorous understanding of such research tools.

You study modules on theories of political explanation, research design, and empirical and mixed research methods across your two years, whilst developing a 35,000-word dissertation.

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We’re rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MRes

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872719