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International Relations and Global Communications, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #601 (WUR) , | Online
Focusing on international relations and key developments in information and communication technologies, this International Relations and Global Communications from Manchester Metropolitan University will provide you with the knowledge, methods and techniques to evaluate the interaction between these areas.


We live in a communications-saturated world where 24-hour news, access to the internet and social media have become the norm for many people.

Global events are instantly reported, analysed and interpreted by the media and ordinary citizens. This challenges the traditionally secretive practises of international diplomacy and how governments control information.


In combining the study of  international relations and global communications the programme reflects the changing world around us and is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the evolving world of work. 

Manchester's status as a major digital hub and the presence of organisations such as the BBC means that the communications courses, in particular, have strong links to the professional media which they draw on in the form of visiting speakers and visits to media organisations which allow students to gain real life insights into the world of the contemporary media. 

Students are also encouraged to attend external workshops, seminars, conferences and talent days to maximize networking and employability opportunities. 

The International Relations and Global Communications from Manchester Metropolitan University aims to provide the skills to progress to higher research programmes, and to offer opportunities for the acquisition of skills applicable to a range of roles in government, international political, social and economic organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), journalism and globally oriented businesses.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Relations Theory 
  • Current Issues in Media and Communication 
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Digital Living
  • The EU in Turmoil
  • Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, or equivalent academic qualification. If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • UK and EU: Part-time fee: £945 per 20 credits studied per year.
  • Non-EU: Part-time fee: £1723 per 20 credits studied per year.

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 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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