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MSc/ Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (Political Science and International Studies)

Political Science and International Studies Pathway Information

The Politics and International Studies Route through the Social Science Research Methods MSc is suitable for two groups of people:

  • Those people, especially practitioners, who want to develop their understanding of and skills in political research, especially from a European, International or Theoretical angle
  • Those planning to undertake a PhD on a topic pertaining to Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory

All students take the core research methods modules that are taken by all students on the Social Science Research Methods MSc.

In the Political Science and International Studies pathway, students all take the 20 credit module Approaches to Political Theory. Students then choose three of the following modules: Twentieth Century Political Thinkers; Ethics, Justice and  International Politics;  The European Enlightenment and its Critics; Between Coercion and Consent: order, justice and pluralism; The Social Contract and its Critics; Nationalism in Political Theory; British Idealist Political Theory; The Human Rights Culture.               

In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the school, students are linked to a research group. Within the School of European Studies, the Politics and International Studies route is closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The Political Science scheme is closely associated with the Ideologies and Intellectuals and Political Theory research units, and the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre.

Students will be supervised by academic staff that have extensive experience of funded research for local and national government and voluntary sector bodies, as well as experience of research collaboration with local and national organisations and good links with local policy-makers and practitioners. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in books, academic and practitioner journals and presentations to conferences. Several staff members have been involved in editing journals related to politics and international relations.

For further information please contact Professor Alistair Cole: ColeA@cardiff.ac.uk.