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Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course type


Course Summary

This course provides you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to proceed to doctoral research. The social and political science research training is also valuable for many non-academic careers, including those in national and local government, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, social research and the media.

As a student on this course you develop:

advanced knowledge and understanding of political science methods and techniques required to carry out advanced research in politics
skills in planning, managing and disseminating research
knowledge and understanding of data collection methods and critical evaluation of various sources
proficiency in a range of qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills

We have a student-run Politics Postgraduate Society which brings together MA and PhD students to organise academic and social events. The Society runs:

professional development seminars, led by academic staff
seminars delivered by fellow postgraduates
round table discussions with staff and visitor
a weekly film night during term time.


This module aims to equip new research students with the knowledge and skills to become efficient and effective information managers, saving time and stress, and ensuring they are able to make the most of the rich range of resources available from the University Library and beyond. It covers all aspects of information literacy, from the beginnings of the literature search, through to keeping research up-to-date and organising references, right up to the ethical and practical issues to consider when disseminating one?s work. Whether you?re interested in ancient manuscripts or social media, we?ll help you chart a course through today?s highly complex information world.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in international studies/politics or a related subject. We may also consider your application on an individual basis if you have relevant professional experience.