You'll study the contours of contemporary insecurity, such as weapons of mass destruction (WMD), terrorism and political violence, and explore the power of social movements, political resistance and rebellion.
You'll challenge conventional explanations, develop your own arguments, and participate in key debates about international relations and global politics. You'll develop advanced analytic skills and critical assessment abilities, and learn to write engaging reports, policy briefs and essays.
When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to generate creative solutions that benefit the global economy and international society. You will be suited for roles in security, development, social policy, governance, advocacy and communications. Previous graduates have gone on to work in parliaments, political parties, third sector and civil society organisations.
You can start this course in October/September (campus based and distance learning) or February/January (distance learning only).
What can I do with a Master's degree in international relations?
This MA International Relations Master's degree will put you in a strong position to pursue job roles in areas and organisations such as:
- national, European and international state institutions
- political parties
- political lobbyists
- think tanks
- security and risk analysis
- foreign affairs analysis
- political communication and journalism
You could also continue your studies in postgraduate research, leading to a qualification such as a PhD.
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You'll study the following core modules:
- Exploring International Relations
- Dissertation / Major Project
You'll choose from the following optional modules:
- NGOs and Social Movements
- European International Relations: Facing New Challenges
- Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges (campus based only)
- Resistance and Rebellion
- Defence and Deterrence
- Terrorism and Political Violence
- Facing Up to the Challenges of Transitional Justice (distance learning only)
- MA Study Abroad Programme (campus based only)
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
DisciplinesInternational Relations European Studies View 51 other Masters in European Studies in United Kingdom
A good honours degree in a Social Science, Humanities or related subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.
Living costs for Portsmouth
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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