Doing Political Research

School: School of Government
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits

This module will introduce you to the issues and problems when conducting research in Politics. It will provide you with initial experience of principles, philosophies and practice of undertaking research, the planning and carrying out research, and some of the problems that arise in the generation, interpretation and evaluation of evidence collected.

You will be taken through the research process – from generating research questions and formulating the research design to key methodologies and issues in data collection. The module will provide you with the research grounding and knowledge of methodology and data collection techniques in preparation for your Masters dissertation, future academic or wider research opportunities.

The workshop programme is designed to enable you to critically evaluate and develop practical skills in different (mixed) methods and will provide some additional introductory statistical training to build and widen your skill set.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of approaches to theory construction and research design
  • Demonstrate an awareness of relationships between theory and data for political research
  • Develop an understanding of the issues and stages involved in the research process to critically address political science questions
  • Critically appraise the different methodological tools available to collect data


4,000 word essay

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.