Masters | Postgraduate Course - Politics MRes Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £7,800 full-time; £3,900 part-time International: £17,200 full-time
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Politics MRes

Study Details

MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The MRes in Politics is a training programme designed to equip you with the research skills necessary to progress to a doctoral research degree, or to embark upon on a career as a political researcher. It provides generic research methods training in social science, as well as more specific research training in politics (including any chosen political specialism) and international relations.

This programme has ‘1+3’ recognition from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which means it can be taken as the first step of a four-year PhD programme. You may therefore take the MRes on its own as a stand-alone qualification, or as the first year of the our Four Year PhD Programme, in which case your dissertation will be used as a platform for your PhD level research.

Module details

Compulsory modules (75-105 credits)
You take the following two compulsory modules

  • SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30
  • POLM876 Dissertation Skills 15

You can then choose at least 30 (or more) credits from the following modules which must include one qualitative and one quantitative module
Choose one of the following quantitative modules:

  • POLM086 Quantitative Data Analysis 30
  • POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15

Choose one of the following qualitative modules:

  • POLM140 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 30
  • POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent, supported by strong evidence of research potential in undergraduate work, e.g through level three independent project or dissertation and/or through testimonial from academic referees.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Graduates of Politics at the University of Exeter have been highly successful in securing interesting career opportunities and in progressing to higher research degrees.