MA International Relations and Global Crises (Work Experience)

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International Relations and Global Crises (Work Experience)

Full-time Politics

Explore the theory, practice and discipline of international relations in an age of increasing challenges and crises.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 or £11,810 (with work experience) for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 or £18,705 (with work experience) for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    2 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Where will I study?

This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus.

Course summary

  • Gain a critical understanding of the theory and practice of international relations.
  • Explore the political, cultural, social and economic crises facing the world today.
  • Learn how patterns of power, knowledge and inequality are reproduced globally.
  • Develop practical expertise in non-violent communication and conflict resolution.
  • Strengthen your skills and understand real-life scenarios on an industry placement.

This course examines the complex worlds we live in. You’ll explore issues of race, class, gender and geography to challenge how knowledge about contemporary international relations is produced. You’ll gain critical and practical skills to understand how global crises manifest and can be overcome.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course you’ll discuss international relations and global crises with our expert academics and your fellow students. You’ll analyse contemporary international issues in-depth – critically examining the discipline of international relations itself, to unpack the relationship between theory and practice. 

The teaching and design of the modules you’ll study are both informed by our team’s ongoing research and expertise. We use consistent block-teaching times, helping you plan your commitments outside of university.

You learn through

  • interactive workshops
  • lectures and seminars
  • independent study
  • personal supervision
  • practical activities and group work
  • special guest lectures

By studying topics such as terrorism, war, security and peace-making, you’ll learn critical and practical skills to make sense of the complexities and contradictions of world politics. Core modules cover the origins of international relations, key events, issues and crises of the past and present. 

You’ll learn why we should seek to decolonise and decentre how knowledge about international relations is produced and reproduced. These modules provide a solid foundation for you to fulfil your potential, whether you’re new or returning to the discipline of international relations. 

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • dedicated one-to-one supervision support with your dissertation research project

Course leaders and tutors

Matthew Hurley
Matthew Hurley
Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

Lecturer in Politics (International Relations)

Applied learning

Work placements

On the work experience version of the course, you’ll complete an industry placement after the taught component of the course finishes in your first year. Here you’ll gain real-world experience to improve your skills and employability. We’ll support you to secure a placement and gain skills in employability workshops.

Live projects

Your research will be applied to real–world issues within international relations. You’ll develop practical expertise such as non-violent communication, mediation and conflict resolution skills. You’ll also be able to focus on producing policy documents, portfolios and conference organisation.

Networking opportunities

You’ll be part of an active community in the Politics Subject Group – as well as the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics, and the wider university. In the Politics Subject Group we conduct research projects and publish academic books and articles in areas such as 

  • charity and community work
  • the politics of the European Union and NATO
  • the politics of welfare, terrorism and counterterrorism
  • the political theory of new social movements
  • war and security studies

Throughout the course, you'll interact with academics and specialists in your field. The course features a number of special events with guest speakers – including the Sociology and Politics Seminar Series, which attracts researchers working on a range of social, political and international issues.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • non-governmental organisations
  • international organisations
  • the voluntary sector
  • the civil service
  • parliamentary or political research
  • international development
  • political think tanks
  • teaching
  • a wide range of graduate schemes across different professions with an international focus 
  • further academic study, such as PhD research

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

Our teaching takes place on the Collegiate campus. You’ll have access to excellent facilities and learning resources, including an on-campus library. The interactive workshops, lectures and seminars take place in well-equipped classrooms, supported by dedicated virtual-learning platforms. 

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

A UK undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in international relations, politics, or related field (or an equivalent overseas qualification). It is expected that students are proficient in the English language and, where appropriate, have an overall 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing. In some circumstances, students without traditional undergraduate qualifications will be considered. It is envisaged that these applicants will have relevant work experience.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Communities In Crisis
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(30%) , Practical(70%)
Decolonising And Decentering International Relations
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Credits 45
Assessment Coursework(100%)
European (Dis)Integration
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gender And Sexualities In Global Context
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
International Relations In Theory And Practice
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Parties And Politics In 21St Century Britain: Crisis Or Convergence?
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Peacemaking Communication
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Research Methods
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Seminar Series/Conference Organisation
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Terrorism: Violent Threat And Security Response
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Rise (And Fall) Of The Welfare State In International Society
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Western Political Theory In/And Crisis
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Postgraduate Placement
Credits -

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course without work experience placement or £11,810 with work experience placement. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course without work experience placement or £18,705 with work experience placement. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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