Political Research at University of Strathclyde - UCAS

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Course summary

The MSc in Political Research provides you with focused training in research methods. It helps you to develop your professional skills in empirical political science. The course explores different methodological approaches and their application to real-life political problems. It equips you with key transferable skills in: research design, a range of research methods and their application, the management of different types of data. Ranked 6th in the UK for Politics (Times Good University Guide 2023)


Compulsory classes: Principles of Research Design, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods. Optional classes: Policy Analysis, Comparative Public Policy, International Institutions and Regimes, European Governance, Contemporary International Relations, Can Democracy Deliver?

Assessment method

Methods of assessment include written assignments, blogs, podcasts, practical team projects, presentations, individual projects, and exams. Most modules involve more than one method of assessment to help you realise your potential. These account for two-thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation, produced over the summer, accounts for the remaining third.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £7100 Year 1
England £7100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7100 Year 1
Wales £7100 Year 1
Channel Islands £7100 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For information on tuition fees, additional costs and funding for this programme, please view the programme details on the University of Strathclyde website.

Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Political Research at University of Strathclyde - UCAS