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16200 GBP/year
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About

If you're interested in national and international organisations, conflict and uncertainty, and in how they are shaping contemporary international relations, the MA in International Relations from the University of Portsmouth will develop your grasp of the central issues.

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Overview

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.

In this International Relations programme from the University of Portsmouth 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.

What you’ll experience

  • Study pressing topics, such as whether global civil society can promote security, development and rights; how terrorism and political violence shape domestic and political affairs; how nuclear and other security threats have evolved; and the role the EU endeavours to play in global politics.
  • Build up expertise in issues relating to security and risk and global civil society.
  • Develop a high level of specialist knowledge in an area of your choice through your dissertation.

Work experience and career planning

With a rounded skill set, and knowledge of international issues, you'll be an informed global citizen, with a sense of responsibility and commitment to ethical practice and issues of global social justice.

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.

If you're not already in employment, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Teaching and programme assessment 

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures and seminars
  • independent learning activities
  • set readings
  • discussion in forums.

You’ll be assessed through:

  • academic essays
  • briefing papers and reports
  • blog posts
  • narrated presentations
  • a major independent project or dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. This includes group discussions, peer review activities, and virtual seminars.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Exploring International Relations
  • Dissertation
  • Researching International Relations
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges
  • Defence and Deterrence
  • European International Relations: Facing New Challenges
  • NGOs and Social Movements
  • Resistance and Rebellion
  • Terrorism and Political Violence

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
91

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
91

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree in Politics, International Relations, Sociology or History, or a 2:1 honours degree in another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9400 GBP per year during 12 months.

PART-TIME:

  • NATIONAL and EU: £4,700 per year
  • NON-EU: £8,100 per year

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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