Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3231: Research Experience

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Jason Reifler (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Modern political science is a research focused discipline. Exeter is rightfully proud of its “research led teaching”, and this module is designed to give you the opportunity to participate in research by Politics faculty. This module will enable you to collaborate with a research active member of staff in the Politics department. Immediately prior to the start of term, research active members of staff who wish to supervise students seeking research experience will advertise projects and opportunities to students. Participating academic staff will define 1-2 small projects to be carried out as part of their current research profile. If you are interested in taking the course, you will apply directly to advertising member of staff. The module convener will meet with students on the module during the term assure the collaboration is functioning properly.

Acceptance onto the module is, in other words, competitive and not guaranteed. Opportunities are subject to who wants to bring an undergraduate student on board, and your skills must match what the researcher is looking for. The module provides you with an opportunity to be part of an active and ongoing research project. This experience should give you an understanding of an academic work environment through practical activities and enabling you to gain experience in the application of relevant methods and technologies.

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