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About

This International Relations programme at Queen's University Belfast provides a foundation in the academic discipline of International Relations and the array of ‘real world’ practices and problems that produce world politics.

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Overview

Having introduced the theoretical and methodological components which facilitate our study of the field, the aim is to use these tools to examine, explain and understand the issues and processes that make up our world: looking, for example, at war; diplomacy; arms control and arms proliferation; global health policy; humanitarian intervention; international development policy; race and legacies of colonialism; human displacement; inequality and injustice. While attending closely and consistently to traditional issues such as armed conflict, it thus offers a significantly broader education in international politics.

Students are thus able to balance engagement with core content in the field of International Relations with active development of their own areas of specialism as they progress through choosing elective courses according to their own interests. Among the central aims of the International Relations programme at Queen's University Belfast  is provision of the high-quality methodological and research design training needed to conduct independent research projects to an academically accredited standard. This culminates in the final dissertation stage of the programme. Recent students' dissertation topics have included: Jihadi use of social media; Russian foreign and security policy after the Ukraine conflict; Extreme right-wing terrorism and the internet; Russian private military actors; EU defence policy after BREXIT; Baltic security and the future of NATO; Paramilitarism and the Northern Irish border; Indian defence and security in relation to rising China; The limits of ‘truth and reconciliation’ in conflict resolution.

Career Prospects 

All of the MA programmes offered in the School provide our graduates with the skills to pursue a wide range of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

International Relations graduates go on to an extraordinarily broad range of careers. Typical examples include:

  • International Non-Governmental Organisation roles (humanitarian, conflict resolution, environmental, development etc.)
  • Media and journalism
  • Government, diplomacy and international civil service roles
  • Military and intelligence careers
  • Political risk analysis
  • Political research, lobbying and consultancy roles with an international focus
  • Think-tank research
  • Academic careers in IR and cognate disciplines
  • Business roles involving significant transnational trade or operations
  • International Non-Governmental Organisations including: humanitarian, conflict resolution, environmental, development etc.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaches to Research Design 
  • Theories and Issues in International Relations
  • International Political Economy 
  • The Politics of Northern Ireland
  • The Politics and Political Economy of Energy and Low Carbon Transitions
  • Global Ethics

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject, or a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6650 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £6,650
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £6,650
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £7,470
  • EU Other - £18,200
  • International - £18,200

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 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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