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International Relations Theory, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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MSc International Relations Theory is an advanced, academic study of the subject from a theoretical perspective. The programme offers a deeper exploration of the ways in which people think about international relations, how international relations are theorised and conceptualised, and why they act the way they do when conducting international relations as a field of practice.

About

 The compulsory course covers the main explanatory and normative approaches in international relations theory - realism, liberalism, the "English School", constructivism, normative theory, gender and feminist writings and postcolonial perspectives.  

It explores international relations as knowledge, as a social science and as a practical discipline. You will also submit a 10,000-word dissertation and can choose optional courses within the Department or elsewhere in the School.

You may also be interested in the MSc International Relations (Research) programme which shares the same core course, Theories of International Relations, but entails a compulsory methodology course.  

Alternatively, we offer the MSc International Relations programme which has a different core course, International Politics, but does not entail a compulsory methodology course.

Programme Structure

You will take the compulsory course and complete a 10,000-word dissertation. You will also choose courses from a range of international relations options and options from other relevant departments, such as the European and Gender Institutes.

  • Theories of International Relations 
Explores the main explanatory and normative approaches in international relations theory.

  • Dissertation
 An independent research project of 10,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.

  • Courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 23 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    185

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  • Minimum required score:

    65

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Academic Requirements

  • Application form
You must apply online using the website. You will be asked to set up a user account using your email address, and you should use this for all enquiries and applications (including if you are also applying for Summer School or Language Centre courses).
  • Application assessment fee
The application assessment fee is £70. You must pay using the website (credit or debit card) in order to submit your documents and application online.
  • Two academic references
You should arrange to supply two academic references (from tutors who have taught you at university) as part of the online process. 
  • Transcripts/mark sheets and proof of existing qualifications
  • Statement of academic purpose
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    23328 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23328 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    23328 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23328 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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