Master International Relations (Interdisciplinary programme)

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  • Objectives
    International Relations focuses on contemporary international relations and the understanding of overall global dynamics. Its interdisciplinary approach links the study of international politics, international political economy and international public law. International change is also emphasised through the course. The MA, with a current intake of around 100 students a year, draws people from all over the world and from many different backgrounds. The course aims to equip you for analytical research on contemporary structures, processes and factors in international and transnational relations. It is ideal for those whose career plans will involve dealing with international affairs but who lack an academic background in the field. Particularly valuable for those students interested in policy issues, this MA International Relations course provides the opportunity to undertake a work placement in an organisation concerned with international affairs. The vocational nature of the course is further enhanced by the dissertation, which allows you to engage in a substantial piece of research and to apply your knowledge and skills in an area of particular interest to you and your career aspirations.
  • Entry requirements
    An undergraduate degree of at least lower second grade. Candidates with other qualifications may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • Academic title
    MA International Relations
  • Course description
    Course structure
    The course comprises nine modules, including four core modules and two options. Together with the triple-module dissertation, the options offer you the opportunity to specialise.

    Core modules:

    -Theory and Research Methods in International Institutions
    -The Evolution of the Modern Inter-State System
    -International Political Economy
    -International Relations and the Legal Regulation of Conflict

    You must also choose two optional modules from a range that includes a work-placement project and a number of taught modules, including:

    -Case Studies in International Relations
    -Migration, Asylum Seekers and Refugees
    -State Collapse, External Intervention, and State Building
    -The Politics and Economics of International Money and Finance
    -International Conflict Resolution
    -The New Europe in the New International Order
    -Human Rights and the International Order
    -North-South Relations: Issues and Perspectives
    -International Legal Institutions
    -The dissertation involves a piece of substantial original research in international relations and is usually 15,000 words.

    The assessment comprises a combination of coursework and examinations, along with the dissertation.

    Career opportunities
    This is a valuable course for those planning careers as diplomats, journalists, and officials in international organisations, and also for those with career paths in the voluntary and private sectors. Those working for government departments have found the MA a useful route to enhanced promotion or a move into foreign office work. Students wishing to move into international relations-related work or change careers have also benefited from the course. Some of our graduates have also gone on to teach international relations or onto further academic study.

    Attendance & duration
    -Full-time: one year, during both day and evening
    -Part-time: two years, two evenings/days or equivalent per week

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