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Theory and History of International Relations, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months


This is a joint degree with the International Relations Department and based in the International History Department. It allows you to benefit from the expertise of two highly-rated Departments, sampling courses in both. You will therefore gain an understanding of both international relations theory, taught by leading experts in the field, and recent international history.

The structure of the degree is intended to ensure a good balance between international history and international relations. This means it is an excellent preparation for those contemplating further research in either area, as well as being accessible to those who are making the transition from related disciplines such as political science, modern languages, economics, law or journalism.

The programme provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of geographical regions or other aspects of international relations including world wars, East-West conflict, European integration, the role of political doctrines and ideologies, revolutions and national liberation struggles.


The programme provides an excellent preparation for careers in business, consulting, government, international agencies, the media, politics and law, or for advanced academic research.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Crisis Decision-Making in War and Peace, 1914-2003
  • Presidents, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: From Roosevelt to Reagan, 1933-1989 
  • Anglo-American Relations from World War to Cold War
  • Political Islam: From Ibn Taymiyya to ISIS 
  • Race, Violence and Colonial Rule in Africa
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Institutions
  • Strategic Aspects of International Relations 
  • The EU in the World
  • International Politics: Asia and the Pacific 
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • Economic Diplomacy 
  • European Policy-making in a Global Context 
  • Introduction to International Political Theory 
  • The International Political Theory of Humanitarian Intervention 
  • The Politics of International Law 
  • Genocide 
  • Europe, the US and Arab-Israeli Relations 
  • Russia and Eurasia: Foreign and Security Policies 

                                    Detailed Programme Facts

                                    • Programme intensity

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

                                      • Full-time duration 12 months
                                      • Average part-time duration 24 months
                                      • Intensity Flexible
                                    • Credits
                                      90 ECTS
                                    • Languages
                                      • English
                                    • Delivery mode
                                      On Campus

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                                    General Requirements

                                    • Application form
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                                    • 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
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                                    • Statement of academic purpose
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                                    Tuition Fee

                                    • International

                                      21744 GBP/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 21744 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                    • EU/EEA

                                      14088 GBP/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 14088 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                                    Living costs for London

                                    • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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