Hello, I have a BS degree in computer engineering and a master degree from business school in Management information systems. But I started to feel an interest in social sciences , I would like to get a PHD in political science, is that possible ?taking into consideration my background ??
I work in the field of International Politics... You are unlikely to be able to get straight onto a political science PhD unless you can show considerable transferable knowledge from your previous degrees... which seems unlikely? You may be able to get onto a masters course but even then you will have to show some kind of dedication to, and knowledge of, the subject... Maybe a year of some independent learning re: political theory etc, and some volunteering will help you on your way.
As has already been mentioned, you need to have a very solid basis of knowledge. Political Science is a massive discipline - do you have any idea on which aspect you will research? Your research proposal would have to be rigorous as regards methodology/analytical framework and you would have to be able to justify this before you could begin your PhD.
You could do this with independent study if you have a thorough literature review, but it is highly unlikely you would get funding without a Masters (and even then the competition is incredibly fierce). Again, much depends on what you actually plan to research.
If you haven't any background in it it would be that hard sleepyhead - political science is really competitive to get into and most jobs need masters level... Also I dida Bsc in anthropology with politics modules and two years of volunteering, applied to a decent uni in the UK and only scraped in! Trust me, it's hard. And when you start, it is so scary if you know nothing! How can you compete at Masters level in a subject you know *nothing* about against people who have done it for three years, and -double whammy - can therefore prove their commitment and aptitude to the topic? I am not saying it can't happen - in fact I have advised to the contrary. It won't be snap-your-fingers easy though!
I was a linguist as an undergrad - did no politics modules at all, but it was a top uni - and got in to an excellent university (top 10 for Pol) to do my MA in Pol, no questions asked. I was in a class with people who had done International Relations, Politics, and Pol theory as UGs, but it was not hard to catch up... and I got a distinction. My PhD is also in heavy Pol Theory and Philosophy.
What I had was skills that helped me to learn quickly, and the uni where I did my MA recognised that.
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