On this International Relations course from University of Leeds you will analyse topics central to the functioning of the international system and explore contemporary and historical approaches, focusing on country-specific, regional and international processes. Our emphasis on international studies invites an interdisciplinary approach and reflects the broadening nature of the subject beyond the confines of inter-state relationships.
You will have the opportunity to develop expertise in a specialist area of interest to you, whilst working with leaders in the field of international relations. As well as enhancing your knowledge in international relations and the complex and contradictory forces that shape the global agenda, this programme will equip you with excellent research skills, and develop your knowledge of relevant methodologies and approaches.Research expertise
Our department is large and diverse with academics who are widely recognised as leading experts in their field. You will therefore benefit from a very broad range of expertise in terms of substantive issues and regional specialisms that you are unlikely to encounter anywhere else.
Academics participate in research clusters on the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Centre for Democratic Engagement.
This programme provides you with an ideal preparation for a career in the international political arena.
Many of our students go on to have high-profile careers in politics, the Civil Service, the media, non-governmental organisations and international organisations such as the UN and World Bank, as well as roles in the private sector. Others have continued to pursue their research interests at PhD level.
Programme StructureCourses include:
- Theoretical Approaches in International Relations
- POLIS MA Dissertation
- Engaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher
- Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
- European Defence and Security Analysis
- The Politics of Brexit
- The Rise of China
- American Foreign Policy
- Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
- Conflict and Insurgency in Southeast Asia
- The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
- Popular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture
- International Relations and the Environment
- Civil War and Intrastate Conflict
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesInternational Relations View 435 other Masters in International Relations in United Kingdom
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or a non-UK equivalent in a social science, humanities, or other related discipline. Relevant experience will also be taken into account.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more on the university website page.
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