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Part time 2 years
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.
This programme also forms part of the ESRC SWDTP – a hub of world-class social sciences research.
The Programme Director is Dr Eva Thomann.
This research training Masters programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is university-based throughout that period
This programme comprises 180 credits in total, taught modules worth 135 credits and a supervised dissertation worth 45 credits
Compulsory modules (75-105 credits)
You take the following two compulsory modules
|SOCM020||Research Methods in the Social Sciences||30|
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|
Optional modules (30-60 credits)
In addition to the core modules you will take 30-60 credits of optional modules, selected in consultation with the Postgraduate Coordinator in Politics. Your choice of specialist modules depends on your anticipated research area (developed in the MRes Dissertation with a view to progression to the +3 thesis).
Lists of modules can be found here:
Dissertation module (45 credits)
This is an opportunity to take a closer look at an issue of your choice. We’ll provide support to help you research an area, which really appeals to you.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Learning and teaching
With the exception of the dissertation, each module on this programme is normally taught through academic lectures expanded through seminar discussion, presentations, group work, reading and essay assignments.
You will have an individual supervisor for your Dissertation, which is a 15,000 word extended essay on a topic of your choice (following discussion and approval from your supervisor).
Graduates of Politics at the University of Exeter have been highly successful in securing interesting career opportunities and in progressing to higher research degrees.
Our careers advisory service offer expert guidance to all students and will help you plan your future through activities such as psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.
In addition to the academic and knowledge-based skills provided by this programme’s subject material, your studies will also develop personal skills which are highly valued by employers, such as:
- Advanced independent thinking, with the ability to undertake self-directed learning and time management to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment
- Experience of working as an individual on challenging material
- The ability to reflect on your learning, evaluate personal strengths and weakness, and map out a plan of personal development based on those reflections
- Competence with standard IT applications, and an understanding of efficient and effective ways to obtain information from library, database, and online sources.
- Experience of working as a participant and/or leader of a group, and of contributing effectively to the planning and achievement of that group’s objectives
- Experience of giving presentations to others in your field
- The ability to construct a rigorous argument, and defend that argument citing relevant sources, both in written form and orally.
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.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2019/20
- UK/EU: £7,800 full-time; £3,900 part-time
- International: £17,200 full-time
The funding section has information on all available Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.
Please contact us if you would like more information about this programme, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.
University of Exeter
Phone: 01392 723301
Postgraduate Taught admissions
For all enquiries relating to this programme, please contact:
SSIS Student Recruitment Office
Tel. +44 (0)1392 723192
Web: Enquire online