MA International Relations

General

Program Description

Deepen your knowledge of international relations and gain the skills to unpack and detect the causes and consequences of the world’s biggest challenges.

Current world developments - such as security threats, changes of leadership, the emergence of new powers and the evolving nature of the EU - present fresh challenges to governments, regions and the international system as a whole.

This course explores these issues in-depth, taking a close look at politics and policy-making of cybersecurity, security, diplomacy, and of emerging powers, Great Powers as well as the interplay of international power, order and institutions.

You'll gain the analytical skills to be able to unpack and detect the causes and consequences of specific political problems and the different political processes that have generated them.

This course attracts students from all over the world at different stages of their professional and academic lives, adding to the richness of debate and offering deep and diverse perspectives on this multi-faceted subject.

Studying at Bath provides you with the opportunity to work with researchers in international security, terrorism, foreign policy and the international political economy. Our staff have expertise in many relevant topics including secret intelligence, the global resurgence of religion, emerging powers and peace and conflict studies, they offer fresh and leading perspectives on these highly complex and evolving areas.

You'll leave with:

  • a broad and informed perspective on current issues of international relations
  • the strong analytical skills and theory-informed reasoning to be able to conduct political analysis and understand current challenges and developments
  • a deep insight into the world of negotiation and diplomacy and how multilateral institutions operate in the domains of trade and security
  • a strong foundation for international careers in administration, diplomacy, policy formation and research

This course is suited to those with an interest in contemporary world affairs and a degree in a relevant subject such as European studies, international relations, modern languages, politics, history, economics or sociology. It's a highly relevant course if you're interested in, or already working in the field of commerce, trade, industry, teaching or government.

Graduate prospects

Studying this course provides an excellent grounding for working in international organisations, multinational corporations, public bodies and think tanks.

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of organisations, including:

  • Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Advisor, DNB
  • San Diego Justice Corps
  • Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Ambassador’s Office, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Washington DC

Some of our students choose to go on to doctoral research.

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Course structure

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Full-time

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • International relations theories
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Scopes and methods of politics and international relations
  • Plus two optional units

Semester 2

  • International organisations in world politics
  • Plus four optional units

Summer

  • MA in International Relations dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Comparative European politics
  • Societal modernisation and the transformation of democracy
  • International terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • International security: theories and concepts
  • Memory culture - memory politics
  • Governance, security and development in East and South-East Asia
  • Russian politics in comparative perspective
  • The cultures of globalisation
  • The global politics of cyberspace

Semester 2

  • Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges
  • International security: the contemporary agenda
  • Britain and Europe
  • International relations of South and Central Asia
  • Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime
  • Theories of conflict and conflict resolution
  • The politics of risk

Part-time

Units

Part-time students will typically take either two or three units in each semester. The actual balance will be flexible subject to agreement by the Director of Studies.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • International relations theories
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Scopes and methods of politics and international relations
  • Plus two optional units

Semester 2

  • International organisations in world politics
  • Plus four optional units

Summer

  • MA in International Relations dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Comparative European politics
  • Societal modernisation and the transformation of democracy
  • International terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • International security: theories and concepts
  • Memory culture - memory politics
  • Governance, security and development in East and South-East Asia
  • Russian politics in comparative perspective
  • The cultures of globalisation
  • The global politics of cyberspace

Semester 2

  • Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges
  • International security: the contemporary agenda
  • Britain and Europe
  • International relations of South and Central Asia
  • Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime
  • Theories of conflict and conflict resolution
  • The politics of risk

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Other

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‘International Relations at Bath involves leaving the classroom with a much more informed opinion.’

Sam Thomas
MA International Relations (2019)

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications

  • You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.
  • To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as European Studies, International Relations, Modern Languages, Politics, History, Economics or Sociology.
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
  • If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Last updated May 2020

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