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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 Months Full Time, 24 Months Part Time

  • Course Type

    MRes, Prof Doctorate, Research Only

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    26 September 2019

MRes Political Research gives you the opportunity to gain the essential research tools to enable you to apply these skills to a range of political research when you graduate.

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 to apply to 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

  • Research Design, Data and Presentation
  • Approaches to Quantitative Analysis in Social Research

Semester 3

  • Dissertation in Political Research

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  • You study with a dynamic community of researchers across the Schools of Social Sciences. We offer you expertise in the Middle East, Latin America, North and South Asia, the Nordic Countries, Central and Eastern Europe, UK and the EU
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  • University of Aberdeen
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  • 12 Months or 24 Months

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