Our International Relations MA will provide you with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping the world and of the challenges that these pose both to individual states and to the international community. The movement of monies and peoples, the emergence of network organisations that transcend state boundaries, the impact of a global media and information technology, the rise of identity politics, regional integration, as well as warfare on a global scale, have all had a transformative impact on the state, inter-state relations and global politics.
We will give you advanced training in the conceptual and theoretical debates within international relations and an awareness of a comprehensive range of approaches relevant to the study of global politics. You will develop an appreciation of the historical evolution of the discipline, from a focus on war in the international system to a broader view of the social, economic and political aspects of international relations in a globalised era.
You will engage with contemporary thought in the social sciences and humanities and consider how we may use these disciplines to understand the dynamics of change in social and political relations. We aim to develop your capacity to engage critically with the literature in the field and the ways in which this literature interprets the actual world of global politics.
Our programme is structured so that you can both specialise in international relations and concentrate on the aspects of global politics that interest you the most. You will study a module specifically devoted to international relations, and then you may choose from a range of optional courses to pursue your own interests. These modules reflect the research interests of our staff, allowing you to engage with the very latest research.
This programme is ideal if you are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the field of international relations and conflict studies. You will find this programme particularly interesting if you have a degree in political science, history, international relations, economics, if you have experience in development or if you have worked with international organisations.
The international relations programme director is the principal researcher in the field of ethics and human rights at the Centre for International Relations (CIR), one of the research centres in the Department of War Studies.
We will provide you with teaching and close contact with our academics, who are experts and international leaders in their fields. We will expect you to complement this with your own study and research.
Most of our modules will be assessed through essays, class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.
The dissertation module will be assessed through your dissertation, or your research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) together.