Taught course

Politics with Research Methods

University of Sheffield · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

For all our courses you’ll need a 2:1 honours degree, plus references from previous tutors. If you have different qualifications, we’ll look at your application on its individual merits.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course will prepare you for MPhil, PhD and a career in research. You’ll develop skills in three complementary areas: politics and international relations methods training, political analysis generally, and specialist training in your chosen area of politics or international relations.


Our graduates work for government and other public sector organisations, private sector companies, consultancies and think-tanks. They are directors, private secretaries, managers, political advisers, barristers, parliamentary clerks, senior civil servants and administrators.

Core modules

Research Methods; Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research; Dissertation in Politics with Research Methods.

Optional modules

Choose two from a range including:

The Political Economy of Globalisation;

The Politics of International Law; Contemporary Ethnic Conflict;

Europeanisation; The Politics of Global Migration; Contemporary Global Security.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 5.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 1642