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Social Science Research Methods (Politics / International Relations) MSc


Course Description

This MSc provides Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-approved research training in politics and international relations. We aim to provide a thorough grounding in practical methodological skills through hands-on experience and the critical exploration of relevant examples and case studies. It is particularly suited to those seeking a career as a social science researcher or continuing to PhD level, including ESRC-funded doctoral study. The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies promotes a close-knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give a high priority to teaching and supervision while maintaining high-quality, high-volume research.

The programme provides thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of the variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods available to the social scientist, and the main methods of data analysis. The programme also covers the research process, ethical considerations and social theory. You will be encouraged to apply your methods training to substantive research interests.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units
-Qualitative Social Research
-Quantitative Social Research
-Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences.

Plus at least one from the following list:
-Philosophy of Social Science
-Advanced Qualitative Research
-Advanced Quantitative Research
-Discourse Analysis
-Research Methods

Optional units
During the second teaching block, you will take two 20-credit units from the full optional list of politics units available in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

Dissertation
The final part of the programme is a dissertation.

Careers

Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to further study at PhD level or pursue research jobs in government or private sector, for example in the House of Commons, the World Bank and the think tank Demos.

Visit the Social Science Research Methods (Politics / International Relations) MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification.

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