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Programme of Study and Research Training

A normal programme would involve successful completion of the following training courses in the Graduate School of Social and Political Studies.

  • Research Skills in the Social Sciences Data collection
  • Core Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Research Design
  • Explanation and Understanding in Social and Political Research together with the following course in the Politics subject area:
  • Theory and Practice in Political Research

Where students can demonstrate they have already completed training in any of these courses, they may be permitted to choose from the range of other courses offered by the Graduate School of Social and Political Science, or elsewhere in the university (by agreement).

In addition, students will work through the year with their supervisors in a programme of systematic review of the secondary literature in their proposed area of research and write a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. Supervisors will also advise students of the most appropriate further training in their area of research interest.

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