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Political Research (MRes)

Course Description

Your programme of study

If you enjoy research within politics and you want to know more about the different methods you can use to find out specific information internationally this programme will give you autonomy to do just that. Your skills are not only ideal for the political area of work but they are transferrable to a great many other areas of work including market research, economic research, different types of data collation within health, local government, business and many other organisations.  

This programme serves both as preparation for PhD research - by enhancing relevant general social science skills - and as a free standing programme in research methods training. Drawing on teaching skills available both within Politics and International Relations and from throughout the School of Social Science, the programme includes courses on: Qualitative Research Methodologies; Theories and Issues in Political Science and IR; Research Design and Data Collection, and; Quantitative Research Methodologies.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Qualitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations

Theories and Issues in Political Science and IR

Semester 2

Quantitative Methods in Political Science and International Relations

Research Design, Data and Presentation

Semester 3

Dissertation in Political Research

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You can study in both September and January
  • The department is over 50 years old
  • You study in a dynamic city

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:


*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page



Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

•   Your Accommodation

•   Campus Facilities

•   Aberdeen City

•   Student Support

•   Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:


Living costs


Visit the Political Research (MRes) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Masters Scholarship - 20+ Awards

University of Aberdeen has a high academic standard and quality within all of its programmes. It wishes to promote talent and encourage students from:
African Countriesto study a postgraduate qualification at University of Aberdeen

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships are available in January and September
You must have an unconditional offer for a masters taught programme
You must be a full time international student
You must be based at the Aberdeen City campus for your studies

Application Procedure

Once you have received your firm offer from the Vice Principle you will receive a scholarship offer.
Instructions will be sent to you about how to accept your scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements
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Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent in Politics, International Relations or a related discipline. IELTS Academic (6.5), TOEFL iBT (90), PTE Academic Overall (62), Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency (176)

Last Updated

16 August 2017

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