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Social Science Research Methods in European and International Studies (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description


The European and International Studies pathway through the Social Science Research Methods MSc is suitable for two groups of people:

• Those people, especially practitioners, who want to develop their understanding of and skills in area studies research, especially from a European, International or Theoretical angle

• Those planning to undertake a PhD on a topic pertaining to Politics or International Relations

In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the school, students are linked to a research group. The Politics and International Relations pathways are closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The European Governance, Public Policy and Area Studies pathway is closely involved in the activities of the EGIPP research unit. The European and International Studies pathway is an inter-disciplinary scheme with affiliation to all research units.

Students will be supervised by academic staff that have extensive experience of funded research for local and national government and voluntary sector bodies, as well as experience of research collaboration with local and national organisations and good links with local policy-makers and practitioners. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in books, academic and practitioner journals and presentations to conferences. Several staff members have been involved in editing journals related to area studies, politics and international relations.

For the taught component, students will be required to complete six 20-credit modules (5 core research modules and 1 pathway module). In all modules students have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to their European and International Studies Pathway.

Visit the Social Science Research Methods in European and International Studies (MSc/PgDip) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Master's Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

from £3,000


‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships. Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good first degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.This course is suitable for graduates in social science and cognate disciplines including sociology, politics, critical psychology, education, social policy and social work, criminology, management and business studies, history, area studies, geography, pedagogy, public administration, industrial and employee relations, and law.

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