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

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)


Fees and funding

This course forms the '1' component of a 1+3 ESRC-funded scholarship with the Midlands Graduate School. It will equip you with the research methods training needed to apply for +3 study on the political science and international relations pathway.

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Support Hub
Email
socsci-gr@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 951 5559