MA International Relations

University of Exeter

Program Description

MA International Relations

University of Exeter

The MA International Relations equips you with the theoretical and empirical research tools to understand the forces that shape global politics. A postgraduate degree in International Relations is a pathway to a range of careers, from NGOs to International Organisations such as the EU. Our teaching methods are innovative and working with a group of world-leading researchers will ensure your degree is cutting edge and highly sought after.

Flexibility to follow your interests with a world-leading cluster of researchers To understand something as complex as the contemporary world order, theory is invaluable. This foundation will be a benchmark and guide to investigating the complex security and public policy issues of the 21st century. These include:

  • Terrorism
  • Global resistance movements
  • The politics of the Middle East
  • US foreign policy
  • Global ethics and human rights
  • International law and governance
  • International political theory

There is considerable scope to study specific topics of interest to you alongside world-leading researchers in their field. Your learning will be led by staff associated with the Centre for Advanced International Studies, who have contributed to contemporary public debates through newspaper articles, television appearances and through social media.

Innovative teaching

Teaching in the department is research-led, ensuring that what you learn will be cutting edge and at the heart of contemporary public debate. This will be broadly seminar-based, giving you the chance to debate the ideas and policies that are shaping the world around us with high-achieving students and experts in the field. Content is delivered through a range of innovative teaching methods, including:

  • Debates
  • Role-plays and simulations
  • Field trips
  • Graduate-level conferences

You will benefit from a dedicated personal tutor and have the time and freedom to direct your own learning to meet the requirements of the modules.

Extra-curricular events

Extra-curricular events, like stand-alone talks given by policy makers, activists and scholars, are hugely beneficial to giving added perspective of contemporary world politics. Recent contributors have included:

  • Aid workers from conflict and post conflict zones
  • Ex-special forces soldier who served in Afghanistan
  • David Milliband
  • The Head of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan
  • The Head of MI6
  • BBC journalist now turned documentary-maker.

Our active student societies also regularly organise events, such as trips to Brussels to visit NATO and European Union institutions.

Developing your career

While this is a challenging degree, which attracts students hoping to go on to PhD research, International Relations is also a highly sought after postgraduate degree for a range of professions other than academia. The MA in International Relations gives you a global perspective on contemporary politics, trains you to express yourself clearly and persuasively and will develop you into an independent and critical thinker. These skills are highly sought after, particularly in:

  • Government
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Aid agencies and pressure groups
  • Law and finance
  • Publishing and the media
  • International organisations like the European Union and the United Nations
  • Academia

Tuition fees per year 2016/17

UK/EU: £7,700 full-time; £3,850 part-time

International: £16,500 full-time

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 3, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,700 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Exeter, England
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 7,700 GBP
(full-time), £3,750 (part-time); £16,000 - International