Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2128: Introduction to Research Design in Politics and International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Simge Andi (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


This module has been designed to offer you an introduction to research design. Research design sheds light on the different ways to ask the right research questions, examine the evidence, and test ideas. For instance, you might be interested in a professional career in politics and want to analyse data on election polls. To get meaningful conclusions from any data, you need first to understand the principles of research design. This module will teach you how to ask research questions and collect data that helps you answer those questions. You will be introduced to both qualitative and quantitative research methods, allowing you to choose from various types of research designs for your final year dissertation.

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