Explore the theory, practice, and discipline of international relations in an age of increasing challenges and crises.
Gain a critical understanding of the theory and practice of international relations
Explore the political, cultural, social and economic crises facing the world today.
Learn how patterns of power, knowledge and inequality are produced and reproduced globally.
Develop practical expertise in non-violent communication and conflict resolution.
On this timely course, you explore contemporary perspectives, concepts and events that challenge how knowledge about international relations (IR) is produced and how crises can be overcome. Explore the problematic assumptions about race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and geography which IR can be based upon, and study contemporary topics including the resurgence of populist nationalism, international terrorism, regional and national cohesion and insecurity, war and conflict, and peace-making.
In this course, you analyse the discipline of international relations itself, exploring the relationship between theory and practice. What you learn is informed by the research interests and expertise of our politics team.
You learn through:
The course provides you with the opportunity to apply your learning in a number of different ways. You develop practical expertise such as non-violent communication, mediation and conflict resolution skills. In addition, some module assessments have a specifically applied focus such as producing policy documents, portfolios and conference organisation.
We have guest lectures and workshops from academics and practitioners in the field of international relations. Together, these approaches will enable you to develop transferable skills and attributes for future career development or further academic study.
This course prepares you for a career in:
the voluntary sector
the civil service
parliamentary or political research
political think tanks
a wide range of graduate schemes across many different professions with an international focus on further academic study, such as PhD research
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
Please be aware that due to the way in which this particular MA is structured, not all modules listed here will be offered in any given year and therefore elective modules are not applicable to this course. For further information on the structure of the MA please contact the course leader.
Communities In Crisis
Decolonising And Decentering International Relations
Gender And Sexualities In Global Context
International Relations In Theory And Practice
Parties And Politics In 21St Century Britain: Crisis Or Convergence?
Seminar Series/Conference Organisation
Terrorism: Violent Threat And Security Response
The Rise (And Fall) Of The Welfare State In International Society
Western Political Theory In/And Crisis
A UK undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in international relations, politics, or related field (or equivalent overseas qualification). It is expected that students are proficient in the English language and, where appropriate, have an overall 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing. In some circumstances, students without traditional undergraduate qualifications will be considered. It is envisaged that these applicants will have relevant work experience.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country-specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course