MA International Relations
Day after day we experience what it means to live in an internationalising world. Grasping its essence, however, is all but evident. The MA in International Relations tries to grasp the complexity of international processes and to offer the necessary tools to understand its different dimensions (political, legal, economic) and the role of various actors (states, international organisations, business, etc.). The programme is built on the interaction of theory (how we approach the world), method (how we explore the world) and substance (what we know about the world). Students can choose five out of seven courses from a wide variety of electives. This allows them to assemble their personal programme, tailored to their interests and background.
The programme builds on the long tradition of the University of Kent as a leading university in the field of international relations. By offering an MA in International Relations in Brussels, we place this expertise in the unique context of a European and international capital, host to the EU and NATO. More than a context, this aspect of Brussels as hotspot of international policy-making is actively integrated into the programme and reflected in the high number of high-profile diplomats and policy-makers lecturing at BSIS.
- Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time
- Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time
Start: September or January.
The aims of the MA in International Relations are to:
- Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of international relations, including its political, social, and economic aspects
- Examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact through a dynamic appreciation of different levels of analysis
- Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of the methodologies for the study of international processes
- Ensure that students acquire a solid knowledge of theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, its major debates, its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study, and a critical appreciation of the essentially contested nature of politics in general and international relations in particular
- Ensure that students acquire an advanced understanding of the relationship between theoretical, methodological, and empirical content of the issue-areas studied
- Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in particular through a substantial dissertation
The MA in International Relations is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS) and the Extended (120 ECTS) Programme format.
The Extended Programme allows students to broaden their knowledge and experience within the programme by taking more options whilst at the same time affording them a greater opportunity for internships. Students can also benefit by taking parts of the programme in Canterbury as well as in Brussels.
To be awarded a standard MA in International Relations, students must take 6 taught modules, the methodology module 'Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research' and then submit a dissertation on a topic in International Relations. For the extended programme students must take an additional 3 taught modules.
The programme is divided into a number of blocks called modules. Each module carries 20 credits (10 ECTS). The dissertation carries 60 credits (30 ECTS).
Candidates who complete 6 taught modules and the dissertation are eligible for the standard MA in International Relations (90 ECTS) whilst those who complete an additional three modules are eligible for the extended MA in International Relations (120 ECTS).
The programme provides opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding that is specific to International Relations, as well as to develop intellectual skills and transferable skills that are normally associated with those who have completed successfully an advanced programme of study. These intellectual and transferable skills open a wide range of windows to future careers.
Last updated August 31, 2015