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International: £13,905 for the course
- 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 produced and reproduced globally.
- Develop practical expertise in non-violent communication and conflict resolution.
On this timely course, you explore contemporary perspectives, concepts and events that challenge how knowledge about international relations (IR) is produced and how crises can be overcome. Explore the problematic assumptions about race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and geography which IR can be based upon, and study contemporary topics including the resurgence of populist nationalism, international terrorism, regional and national cohesion and insecurity, war and conflict, and peace-making.
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How you learn
Your lecturer's view
On this course you analyse the discipline of international relations itself, exploring the relationship between theory and practice. What you learn is informed by the research interests and expertise of our politics team.
You learn through
- reading groups
- personal supervision
- practical activities
- guest lectures
Course leaders and tutors
Lecturer in Politics (International Relations)
The course provides you the opportunity to apply your learning in a number of different ways. You develop practical expertise such as non-violent communication, mediation and conflict resolution skills. In addition, some module assessments have a specifically applied focus such as producing policy documents, portfolios and conference organisation.
We have guest lectures and workshops from academics and practitioners in the field of international relations. Together, these approaches will enable you to develop transferable skills and attributes for future career development or further academic study.
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
- a wide range of graduate schemes across many different professions with an international focus further academic study, such as PhD research
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus
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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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
Please be aware that due to the way in which this particular MA is structured, not all modules listed here will be offered in any given year and therefore elective modules are not applicable to this course. For further information on the structure of the MA please contact the course leader.
|Module: Decolonising And Decentering International Relations||Credits: 30||
|Module: Dissertation||Credits: 45||
|Module: International Relations In Theory And Practice||Credits: 30||
|Module: Research Methods||Credits: 15||
|Module: Communities In Crisis||Credits: 15||
|Module: European (Dis)Integration||Credits: 15||
|Module: Gender And Sexualities In Global Context||Credits: 15||
|Module: Parties And Politics In 21St Century Britain: Crisis Or Convergence?||Credits: 15||
|Module: Peacemaking Communication||Credits: 15||
|Module: Seminar Series/Conference Organisation||Credits: 15||
|Module: Terrorism: Violent Threat And Security Response||Credits: 15||
|Module: The Rise (And Fall) Of The Welfare State In International Society||Credits: 15||
|Module: Western Political Theory In/And Crisis||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £7,420 for the course.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,905 for the course.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,906 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
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