This course will provide you with a solid grounding in the philosophical and practical aspects of international political analysis.
You will be introduced to key concepts such as power, agency, the state, international society and order. This course can be tailored to your interests and career aspirations through the wide range of optional modules.
Teaching is informed by the research interests of our academic staff, who are well-established leaders in the field of international relations, covering:
- diplomacy in the Middle East and Asia
- global civil society and global justice
- human security and humanitarianism
- intelligence and national security
- international human rights and war crimes
- international political economy
- international relations theory
- justice beyond borders
- terrorism, guerrilla war and low intensity conflict
- United States foreign and security policy
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This course is made up of a 20-credit core module, 20-credit methodology module and 80 credits of optional modules, plus a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
Assessment for taught modules takes place at the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and/or exams, with some modules also requiring an assessed presentation.
2:1 (or international equivalent)
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of fields, such as national government, international organisations, international trade, and non-governmental organisations.
Many students take an active role in politics throughout their time in the school, and after. Politics is an ideal academic discipline if you are interested in a career in politics or government. Other students go into a range of careers, including management, marketing, teaching and broadcasting.
Recent graduate destinations include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.
We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.
If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.
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