Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3231: Research Experience

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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. While Exeter is rightfully proud of its “research led teaching”, undergraduate politics students at Exeter have few opportunities to directly participate and contribute to research being conducted by faculty. This module is designed to give you the opportunity to participate in research by working as research assistants for Politics faculty. This module will enable you to work as a research assistant for 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 recruit research assistants will advertise projects and opportunities to students. Academic staff not on leave 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. Their permission will be the only required pre-requisite.

Acceptance onto the module is, in other words, competitive and not guaranteed. Opportunities are subject to who wants to bring an undergraduate RA on board, and your skills must match what the researcher is looking for. The module provides you with an opportunity to participate on 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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