Politics (Research) MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme is designed to provide you with both the essential skills and the advanced knowledge and understanding to enable you to proceed to doctoral research.

Through the programme you will 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

Although this ESRC-recognised training programme provides ideal preparation for doctoral research, the social and political science research training provided will also be valuable for many non-academic careers including national and local government, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, social research and the media.


This programme, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system (Master’s plus PhD) for funding postgraduate studies, focuses on the development of the skills necessary to undertake research in the social sciences in general, and politics in particular.

You take compulsory modules then undertake a research project culminating in a dissertation.

Teaching and learning take place in workshops and practical classes, lectures, seminars, team-based problem-solving groups and in supervisory meetings for research papers and the dissertation.

Find out  more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in international studies/politics or a related discipline. We may also consider applicants on an individual basis with relevant professional experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent. 

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Full or partial fees bursaries may be available from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology for UK/EU students.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Karyn McCloud
Clerical Officer (Postgraduate Taught)
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7200
E-mail: gps@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Politics.