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  MA Research Methods (Politics, International Relations, Security)


Durham University    School of Government and International Affairs

Full time September MA 1 year full-time
Politics & Government (30) Sociology (33)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the MA Research Methods (Politics, International Relations, Security) programme at Durham University. This collaborative degree, offered in partnership with the Faculty of Social Sciences, equips students with robust research skills tailored to the realms of politics, international relations, and security. Aligned with ESRC guidelines for '1+3' PhD students, the curriculum encompasses a diverse range of research techniques, including statistics and quantitative methods. With a strong emphasis on research-led teaching, students delve into cutting-edge research integrated into the coursework. The programme's structure comprises core and optional modules, culminating in a dissertation project. Notably, the School of Government and International Affairs fosters a dynamic learning environment, supported by state-of-the-art facilities in the modern Al Qasimi Building. To qualify, applicants need a UK 2.1 Bachelor's degree in social sciences or equivalent, with relevant experience considered. Elevate your academic prowess and career prospects with this esteemed MA programme.

About the course

Gain strong training in research methods in the fields of politics, international relations and security. This is a degree offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

It is designed to provide a strong all round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the fields of politics, international relations and security for those intending to go on to register for a PhD. As such it implements the ESRC research training guidelines for '1+3' PhD students, and includes compulsory elements in a wide variety of techniques including statistics and quantitative methods, but contains less subject-specific content than the other MA courses.

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Entry Requirements

UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent. The degree should be in the field of social sciences, but we will actively consider significant relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.


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