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About

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

On this course you'll:

  • Study pressing topics, such as: why war and conflict are a permanent feature of global affairs; why powerful states interfere with weak or fragile countries; the role of the United Nations, World Trade Organisation and EU in promoting cooperation; and whether global civil society and the third sector can promote security, development and rights
  • Complete an independent research project in a subject relevant to your future career
  • Get to study with members of CEISR (Centre for European and International Studies Research), the UK's largest centre for European Studies
  • Develop expertise in issues relating to Europe – ideal if you want to pursue a career in European institutions or with political lobbyists and think tanks
  • Be taught by internationally recognised experts, including members of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe
  • Develop transferable skills in qualitative and quantitative research, critical reading, communication, and executing major projects
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a supervised work-based project if you work in a relevant field or do an internship during the course
  • Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection

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.

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.

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.

Programme Structure

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:

  • Global Governance
  • Research Management
  • Dissertation/Major Project
  • Research management for International Relations (distance learning only) 

Optional units include:

  • Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges
  • NGOs and Social Movements
  • Nation and Identity
  • From Security to Risk: European International Relations in the 21st Century
  • Challenges to European Politics
  • Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: A Simulation Game
  • Europe: Integration and Democratisation
  • Independent Project
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Population and Reproductive Health 
  • Challenges to Transnational Justice 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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Academic Requirements

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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