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The MRes in Politics is a training programme designed to equip you with the research skills necessary to progress to a doctoral research degree, or to embark upon on a career as a political researcher. It provides generic research methods training in social science, as well as more specific research training in politics (including any chosen political specialism) and international relations.

This programme has ‘1+3’ recognition from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which means it can be taken as the first step of a four-year PhD programme. You may therefore take the MRes on its own as a stand-alone qualification, or as the first year of the our Four Year PhD Programme, in which case your dissertation will be used as a platform for your PhD level research.

This programme also forms part of the ESRC SWDTP – a hub of world-class social sciences research.

Programme structure

This research training Masters programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is university-based throughout that period

This programme comprises 180 credits in total, taught modules worth 135 credits and a supervised dissertation worth 45 credits. Examples of modules include:

  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Dissertation Skills
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Applied Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Research
  • Dissertation

More information can be found on the programme website.

Learning and teaching

With the exception of the dissertation, each module on this programme is normally taught through academic lectures expanded through seminar discussion, presentations, group work, reading and essay assignments.

You will have an individual supervisor for your Dissertation, which is a 15,000 word extended essay on a topic of your choice (following discussion and approval from your supervisor).

Careers

Graduates of Politics at the University of Exeter have been highly successful in securing interesting career opportunities and in progressing to higher research degrees.

Our careers advisory service offer expert guidance to all students and will help you plan your future through activities such as psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.

In addition to the academic and knowledge-based skills provided by this programme’s subject material, your studies will also develop personal skills which are highly valued by employers, such as:

  • Advanced independent thinking, with the ability to undertake self-directed learning and time management to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment
  • Experience of working as an individual on challenging material
  • The ability to reflect on your learning, evaluate personal strengths and weakness, and map out a plan of personal development based on those reflections
  • Competence with standard IT applications, and an understanding of efficient and effective ways to obtain information from library, database, and online sources.
  • Experience of working as a participant and/or leader of a group, and of contributing effectively to the planning and achievement of that group’s objectives
  • Experience of giving presentations to others in your field
  • The ability to construct a rigorous argument, and defend that argument citing relevant sources, both in written form and orally.

Visit the MRes Politics page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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