You'll study key topics across the spectrum of international relations and examine theories and historical inquiry. This will equip you with the tools to challenge conventional explanations and develop arguments of your own. 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'll 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
You can study the course full-time or part-time, either on campus or through distance learning.Careers and opportunities
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:
You could also continue your studies in postgraduate research, leading to a qualification such as a PhD.
You can get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding a role and for 5 years after you you leave the University.
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.Units currently being studiedClose allCore and optional units
Core units include:
Optional units include:
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
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A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.
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