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  • Objectives
    The general aim of this programme is to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of international relations theory, and to give them the tools they need to use this knowledge in the speciality of their choice.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements The degree may be taken full-time (one year) or parttime (two years). To apply, students require a bachelors' degree and two letters of recommendation.The medium of instruction is English, and those who do not speak English as a first language must achieve a score of 6.0 or higher on the TOFEL or achieve comparable results on a comparable test.
  • Academic Title
    MA in International Politics
  • Course description
    Programme Structure


    IR Theory - Classical and Post-Classical Approaches

    (Semester 1)

    The aim of the module is to introduce students to
    different theoretical approaches in the study of
    International Relations (IR) and to examine the extent to
    which these theories can offer explanations of, and
    practical guidance to, the contemporary international and
    political environment. This course will address the
    conventional policy concerns and dilemmas, but it will do
    so from a critical perspective and with the expressed
    intention of moving beyond the sovereign, state-centric
    frameworks of IR.

    Students will also choose forty credits worth of modules
    from but not restricted to the following list, subject to

    • Strategic Thinkers - Precursors to the information Age
    • Strategic Studies and Security I - The Dimensions of


    • The International Politics of the Environment I
    • Security Studies Seminar
    • The EU - Political Integration and Policy Analysis
    • Maritime Strategy
    • Philosophy of Social and Political Science
    • Political Economy in Perspective
    • Political Economy in Competitiveness


    IR Theory - Practical Applications and Case Studies

    (Semester 2)

    The aim of this second module is to build upon the
    theoretical foundations of the IR Theory: Classical and
    Post-classical Approaches module, and to demonstrate
    how the theoretical framework provided in the first
    module can be applied to practical situations.The module
    explores the inter-related nature of political, legal and
    strategic discourse.

    Students will also choose forty credits worth of modules
    from the following list, subject to availability.

    • Strategic Thinkers - The Information Age
    • Strategic Studies and Security II - Strategy Applied
    • European Union - National and International


    • Contemporary Maritime Security
    • Qualitative Training for IR and Security Studies
    • Methods in Political Research
    • British Defence Policy since 1945
    • Intelligence and Statecraft

    Period Three

    Students will write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic
    approved by the course co-ordinator.

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