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.
The course blends study in Politics with the internationally renowned, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised, Humanities and Social Sciences research training programme.
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
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.
You can include a work placement in your studies through the Career Development module.
Teaching will take place in Humanities and Social Sciences provided facilities and you will be part of the Politics community. The Politics building includes a dedicated postgraduate computer room and a postgraduate common room, and is next door to the Peter Robinson Library.
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Modules for 2017 entry
- POL8038 Doing Political Research
- POL8098 Dissertation
- HSS8001 Thinking about Research
- HSS8002 Information Skills
- HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- HSS8007 An Introduction to the Nature of Explanation and Enquiry
You choose 20 credits from the following optional modules:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
You must also read our English language requirements, including:
- all minimum sub scores you must have
- other English language tests we accept
- extra English language support
Academic qualifications that we accept from your country to meet our entry requirements are listed on your country page.
Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.