Program Overview

If you're interested in national and international organisations, conflict and uncertainty, and in how they are shaping contemporary international relations, our MA International Relations will develop your grasp of the central issues. You'll study issues related to civil society and security, such as weapons of mass destruction (WMD), terrorism and political violence, and explore the power of social movements, political resistance and rebellion.

 

You'll challenge conventional explanations, develop your own arguments, and participate in key debates about international relations and global politics. 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 will 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.

 

Course highlights

  • Immerse yourself in pressing topics, such as whether global civil society can promote security, development and rights, how terrorism and political violence shape domestic and political affairs, how nuclear and other security threats have evolved, and the role the EU endeavours to play in global politics
  • Learn from passionate and experienced academics involved in leading international relations research
  • Build up expertise in issues relating to security, risk and global civil society, and understand how to apply this to real world problems as they happen
  • Hear expert guest lecturers respond to current global events, the security dimensions and international ramifications, such as the conflict in Ukraine
  • Develop a high level of specialist knowledge in an area of your choice through your dissertation
     
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  Location

PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

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  Course Duration

13 Months

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  Tuition Fee

£ 16,200

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IELTS: 6.5

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What you'll study on this MA International Relations degree course


Full-time


Core modules

  • Dissertation - 45 credits
  • Exploring International Relations - 30 credits
  • Researching International Relations - 15 credits

 

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges - 30 credits
  • Defence and Deterrence - 30 credits
  • European International Relations: Facing New Challenges - 30 credits
  • NGOs and Social Movements - 30 credits
  • Resistance and Rebellion - 30 credits
  • Terrorism and Political Violence - 30 credits

 

Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

 

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Part-time


Year 1 - Core


Exploring International Relations - 30 credits

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the dominant theoretical perspectives of International Relations
  • Critically analyse the role and significance of state and/or non-state actors in world politics
  • Communicate research findings in a poster format suitable for presentation at an academic conference


Year 1 - Optional

  • Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges - 30 credits
  • Defence and Deterrence - 30 credits
  • European International Relations: Facing New Challenges - 30 credits
  • NGOs and Social Movements - 30 credits
  • Resistance and Rebellion - 30 credits
  • Terrorism and Political Violence - 30 credits

 

Year 2 - Core

  • Dissertation - 45 credits
  • Researching International Relations - 15 credits

 

Year 2 - Optional

  • Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges - 30 credits
  • Defence and Deterrence - 30 credits
  • European International Relations: Facing New Challenges - 30 credits
  • NGOs and Social Movements - 30 credits
  • Resistance and Rebellion - 30 credits
  • Terrorism and Political Violence - 30 credits
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

 

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

 

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country
     

Eligibility
This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Tuition fees (September 2022 and January 2023 start)


UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £9,400 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £4,700 per year (may be subject to annual increase)


EU students

  • Full time: £9,400 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £4,700 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • These figures both include the Transition Scholarship for EU students.

 

International students

  • Full-time: £16,200 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £8,100 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
     

Careers this Master’s prepares you for
Once you complete this Master's in International Relations, you'll be an informed global citizen with a sense of responsibility and commitment to ethical practice and issues of global social justice – skills in high demand across a range of professions.

 

You'll gain a broader understanding of international organisations and the issues facing them, and learn the skills needed to succeed in civil society and policy making environments, such as policy development, strategy and communication.

 

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • national, European and international state institutions
  • political parties
  • political lobbyists
  • NGOs
  • think tanks
  • international development
  • international human rights 
  • security and risk analysis
  • foreign affairs analysis
  • political communication and journalism


Graduates of this course have gone on to work for organisations such as:

  • Civil Service (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
  • Ministry of Defence
     

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