M.A. On Campus

International Relations (Middle East)

Durham University

12 months
23600 GBP/year
11700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The International Relations (Middle East) MA course offered by Durham University provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations.



You will develop the ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship. Each study route aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the dynamics, including cultural and local political and ideological factors, which shape the contemporary international relations of the relevant area.

The International Relations (Middle East) MA course offered by Durham University also provides an opportunity for studying international relations in comparative and historical perspective taking account of regional specific political and economic factors.

At the beginning of the academic year, you will go through five-day induction events in which you are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc degrees and the facilities available for their learning.

The 180 credits one-year MA degree is divided into two core and two optional modules of 30 credits each. Furthermore, you will have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and you will spend the remaining time writing your dissertation.

Programme Structure

Core modules:

  • International Theory OR International Organisations
  • Dissertation
  • International Politics of the Middle East. 
Examples of optional modules:

You can choose two options (may include the following)

  • Core Concepts in Political Science
  • Global Governance 
  • Global Political Theory
  • Debating the European Union
  • Designing Political Inquiry 
  • The Politics of East Asia
  • Ideologies and Political Thought
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent.
  • A degree in the field of Social Sciences is preferable, however, in assessing the application we also take into account other facilitating factors such as relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.
  • Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11700 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Home/Island Student: £6,435 per year 
  • International non-EU/EU Student: £12,980 per year

Living costs for Durham

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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