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MA in Political Research

Course Description

The MA in Political Research is a one-year degree that has been recognized by the Economic and Social Research Council for the first year of its 1 + 3 Research Studentships. It is designed specifically to provide the necessary research training for students to go on to pursue a Ph.D. in Politics. Students who are awarded an ESRC 1 + 3 Research Studentship are funded for four years - one year doing an MA that has been recognized for these purposes (in this case the MA in Political Research) and three years doing a Ph.D.

The main aim of the MA in Political Research is to provide students with training in the distinctive concepts, methods, and techniques of the social sciences in general, of Politics in particular, and of the specific branch of the discipline in which their research will be located. This will allow them to pursue doctoral research in Politics. At the same time, the MA seeks to impart skills (for example, in communication, analytical understanding, and judgement) that will be of use to graduates in their future employment, whether or not they enter the Politics profession.


Four Core Modules
*Political Research and Analysis
*Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis
*Qualitative Research in Politics
*Personal and Professional Skills
Three Option Modules
Dissertation: During the Summer Term students start work on a dissertation on a topic of their choice. The dissertation is due for submission at the end of the summer vacation.

For further information contact the Politics Graduate Administrator, Caroline Moore (e-mail:)

Visit the MA in Political Research page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1, relevant discipline

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