Who is it for?
The International Politics MA programme is for students who want to explore international politics more widely. It is designed to help you drill down and follow your specific interests and specialise your knowledge. The course has been designed to give you the chance to pursue your own questions about the way the world works – and to shape arguments where you feel it doesn’t.
The knowledge and skills you develop during the course will enable you to explore a number of rewarding career options – from supporting NGOs to working with the civil service or media.
Is the USA a benevolent global leader or a neo-imperial power? How does the shift in power from the West to the Rest reshape international politics in the 21st century? Can states act effectively in a world increasingly shaped by international institutions and global economic actors?
The International Politics MA will challenge your point of view and help you:
Explore an expansive and ever-changing subject and gain an advanced specialist education in international politics
Learn about the broad contours of the field while developing specialisms backed by real-world research
Probe the ideas that structure the way we think about the world and examine the institutions that determine events
Focus on how you can use this new understanding to judge global affairs for yourself
Examine and critically evaluate the complex structure of relationships between governments, transnational actors and networks, and intergovernmental organizations
Gain an advanced conceptualization of global political issues in the 21st century
Understand contemporary theoretical debates and the rapid political change in the contemporary world
Develop your analytical capacities through a variety of learning techniques
Prepare for a diverse range of careers, as well as provide contextual knowledge that will be applicable for life-long learning in a rapidly changing political and social world.
You should have a first or upper second-class honours (or equivalent) degree in politics, the social sciences, humanities or law. However, we also welcome applications from those with substantial experience in human rights organisations, NGOs, social services, journalism and other related sectors.
INTO City, University of London
Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts programme.
Kaplan International College London
City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.
If you are applying with an overseas degree, the following is an indication of international equivalents of an upper second class degree from a UK institution. Please note these figures are intended as a guide only and individual applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.
China: Bachelor degree (Xueshi) in a suitable subject with an overall grade of 75 – 85% (depending on the standing of the awarding institution)
USA: Bachelor degree in a suitable subject with CGPA 3.2
India: Bachelor degree in a suitable subject with CGPA 6.5 / overall 65% / 1st Division classification
Turkey: Lisans Diplomasi or a Műhendis Diplomasi with a minimum CGPA 3.0 or 65%
Italy: Diploma di Laurea in a suitable subject with a minimum score of 104.
If English is not your first language you will need the following qualification:
IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test).
Due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
INTO English language programmes
Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.