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Research in the Social Sciences (International Politics) MSc

Aston University, Birmingham

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Aston University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Gain the critical knowledge and skills needed for effective social scientific research and the opportunity to engage, through advanced research, with the field of international politics.

Course outline and modules

The MSc Research in the Social Sciences is composed of 180 credits, divided into 80 credits on compulsory core training requirements for all ESRC-funded students (Philosophy of Social Science, Research Design and Practice, Quantitative Research Methods and Qualitative Research Methods), a 60 credit Dissertation and 40 credits on subject-specific modules.

Students can choose subject-specific modules which focus on the study of European politics and society and the study of languages (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese or Spanish).

This programme is ideal for those individuals currently holding an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree who want to follow a research-related career in either the academic or non-academic sectors.

The MSc Research in the Social Sciences is also an ideal ‘stepping stone’ onto the Aston School of Languages and Social Sciences PhD Programme, with graduates exempted from the PhD Programme training requirements in year 1.

How will my skills develop?

You’ll carry out a piece of academic research in a discipline of your choice and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.

The programme will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations and practical assessments.

On successful completion of their programme, students are expected to be able to evaluate critically theories and methodological approaches to the social sciences; to employ quantitative and qualitative social-science method skills; to apply analytical and critical thinking and, to advance social science research.

How will this course help my career?

If you’re interested in following a research-related career in either the academic or non-academic sector, this course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience that will help you to succeed.

It is also an ideal ‘stepping stone’ onto the Aston School of Languages and Social Sciences PhD Programme, with graduates exempted from the PhD Programme training requirements in year 1.

The majority of students will continue their study at PhD level while others will use the programme to gain entry onto professional programmes.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Aston University, Birmingham

  • University League Table

    43rd

  • Campus address

    Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, Birmingham, B4 7ET, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 85 1

    31st out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    117 53%

    43rd

    11
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    34th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%

    60th

    8
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    122 62%

    44th

    13
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%

    28th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%

    88th

    30

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