This course offers a comprehensive analysis of international and global political issues. It focuses on some of the most contentious areas of international politics, including transatlantic relations, the future of the European Union and the re-emergence of Russia as a global political force.
It also provides a thorough grounding in the academic study of international politics, focusing on the theoretical approaches and methods of analysis that constitute the bedrock of any serious postgraduate research in this field.
While Politics at Dundee is big enough to have a real international presence, it is still small and intimate enough to offer a friendly and responsive home for students from all backgrounds. This is more than a mere claim - independent surveys consistently rate politics at Dundee as among the best-received programmes in the country.
Who should study this course?
The programme is suitable for students who want a springboard for a career related to international politics or who wish to continue postgraduate study in this subject area.
We offer a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference. Students benefit from a range of Generic Skills classes throughout the year.
How you will be taught
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including small group teaching, supervised study, seminars and presentations.
How you will be assessed
By assessed coursework, examination and dissertation.
What you will study
The course is taught via a range of core and optional modules, the typical list is given below.
- PO51001 - International Relations
- PO51003 - International Security
Optional modules allow students to specialise, a typical choice includes:
- PO52013 - International Security of Drugs and Organised Crime
- PO52009 - Russian Politics and Security
- PO51006 - European Union Security
- PO51009 - Middle East and Terrorism
- PO52016 - Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Europe
- PO52017 - Human Rights in International Relations
All students must attempt the Politics dissertation.
- PO53001 - Dissertation (Politics)
Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.
Graduates from the MSc International Relations have a wide range of career options. The knowledge and research skills gained in this course would be an excellent basis for working in government, political parties, or the civil service.
The focus of the course on global issues and affairs provide a strong basis for pursuing a career in international political contexts, such as the European Union or the United Nations.
Alternatively, the course can be a stepping stone for work in civil society, such as charities, environmental organizations or other international non-profit organizations.
Graduates can also put their communication, research and analytical skills to work in a range of careers in the public or private sectors, including education, finance or the media.
The Masters course is an excellent basis for undertaking further postgraduate study in International Politics, such as a PhD, with a view to a full-time career in academia or research.
Normally an upper second class first degree in Politics, International Relations, International Studies, or a cognate discipline; non-standard entry requirements may be accepted in special cases by the programme convener with the approval of the Politics Research Committee.
English Language Requirement
IELTS Overall 6.5
- Listening 5.5
- Reading 5.5
- Writing 6.0
- Speaking 5.5
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
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