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Course: MSc Politics Research

The one-year course is designed to provide a solid foundation for further postgraduate research in political sciences.

The MSc in Politics Research is an intensive one-year research preparation master's degree. It is not a standalone course, but rather it is intended for students who would like to proceed directly to doctoral study at Oxford or elsewhere but who must first obtain the necessary research training in political science.

How to find information about this course

The definitive information about this course (including entry requirements) is on the University of Oxford Politics Research MSc webpage.

This webpage aims to give you a flavour of what you will learn on the course. You can also explore Comparative Politics and Government research at the Department to give you an idea of the cutting-edge research methods and questions explored by our academic network.

Course outline

The MSc in Politics Research provides advanced training in the techniques and methodologies required to undertake research for a thesis in Politics at Oxford. Upon successful completion of your MSc, you will be expected to continue your studies in pursuit of a DPhil in a relevant area of political science. You may apply to undertake doctoral research in the Department for a further three to four years.

Applying to Oxford

As the MSc in Politics Research is a research degree foundation, you should give some indication of the topic of your eventual intended doctorate in your application. Do not worry if you do not yet have a detailed research proposal: the MSc programme is intended to help you to develop this.

You are advised to review the profiles of academic staff before you apply as successful applications always depend on the DPIR's capacity to offer appropriate supervision. However, you do not need to contact academic staff members before you apply

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for funding through a research council funded Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). You can read more about these and other funding options on our graduate fees and funding webpage.