Taught course

Social Science Research (Political Science and International Relations)

Institution
University of Nottingham · School of Politics and International Relations
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject in the arts, humanities, or social sciences

Months of entry

September

Course content

Providing broad-based training in social science research, this course will equip you with the skills to manage a successful research career and contribute to society in a number of ways.

You will develop the following skills and the ability to apply them to practical research contexts:

  • Comprehension of the principles of research design and strategy, including an understanding of how to formulate research questions for empirical investigation
  • Appreciation of alternative approaches to research
  • Understanding of a broad range of research methods (including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) and the use of appropriate software for their application
  • Advanced research skills and techniques relevant to your field of study
  • Research management techniques, including data management, and conducting and disseminating research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics
  • Understanding of the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design, and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques
  • Solid grounding in the basics of probability and a critical understanding of the scientific method and the nature of reflexivity
  • Application of good ethical practice across the entire research process

Primarily aimed at students following an ESRC-funded pathwayonto a PhD, this course may also be suitable if you are intending to apply for +3 ESRC funding (that is, to cover a PhD) or are interested in developing a wide range of social science research skills.

Information for international students

English language requirement IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
postgraduate-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 951 5559