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 in contemporary Europe, the role of Europe as a global player and 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 master's 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 a unique opportunity to work with globally renowned experts in international security, terrorism, foreign policy and the international political economy. With 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 this highly complex and evolving area.
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 individuals 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 is also a highly relevant master's for those already working in fields such as commerce, trade, industry, teaching or government.
Studying this course provides an excellent grounding for working in international organizations, multinational corporations, public bodies and think tanks.
Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of organizations, 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
Particularly outstanding candidates may also go on to doctoral research.
This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2019. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.
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.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
- International relations theories
- Foreign policy analysis
- Scopes and methods of politics and international relations
- Plus two optional units
- International organizations in world politics
- Plus four optional units
- MA in International Relations dissertation
Optional course units
These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
- Comparative European politics
- International terrorism
- International security: theories and concepts
- International security: the contemporary agenda
Learning and assessment
- Online resources
- Practical sessions
- Oral assessment
- Practical work
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- You should have a bachelor’s honors degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.
- To apply for this course you must 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.
For international students, please contact the school for more information.
Fees and funding
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.
How to pay
Tuition fee loans
If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.
Scholarships and bursaries
You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.
Other payment options
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.
You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing, and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.
Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation, and food and drink.
If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.
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