Helping students develop a broad understanding of the subject, this course includes a year abroad at one of 25 overseas institutions in locations such as Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.
Masters in Political Science in Nottingham in United Kingdom. MSci International Relations and Global Issues
This innovative four-year degree leads to a masters level qualification. Years one, three and four will be spent at Nottingham; the second year will be spent at one of our partner institutions overseas (the choice will be governed by your academic progress).
Years one and three will follow the programme outlined in our BA Politics and International Relations degree with year four allowing you to take modules from the school's portfolio of masters programmes, and to research and write a dissertation.
Your first year will provide you with a broad knowledge across the discipline, focusing on the areas of international relations, comparative politics, British political history, and political theory. You will take some subsidiary modules from other schools within the University and, while many students opt to study a language module and continue this throughout their time at Nottingham, you can choose any subject you wish.
Year two is spent focusing on global issues in one of 25 partner institutions around the world, drawn from the Universitas 21 (U21) network, the school's European Erasmus exchange partners and The University of Nottingham's campuses in China and Malaysia.
Year three is spent back at Nottingham, where you will take modules chosen from the wide range offered on international relations and global issues. You need to choose at least three modules from the international relations stream in your third year and can either choose to specialise further by adding more of the same, or broaden your knowledge base by taking modules from comparative politics and political theory. Once again you are permitted to take subsidiary modules during this year.
During your fourth year you can choose from a selection of masters-level modules offered by the school, which cover a number of themes and issues and all deal critically with current world events. You will be able to deepen your knowledge of the subjects which interest you the most and the dissertation element will allow you to strengthen your research and analytical skills as well as thoroughly explore a question you find intriguing. Additionally, if you have started a language earlier in your studies you will be able to continue with this.
A levels: AAA not including general studies or critical thinking
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must fulfil, as a minimum, the following condition:
IELTS: 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element
Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.
View the alternative qualifications page for details.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.
Notes for applicants
We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses, and who will make a valued contribution to the department and the University. Candidates for full-time admission are considered on the basis of their Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) form.
Applications are considered solely on merit and academic potential. The selection process is normally based entirely on the UCAS application form - so it is important that this is completed correctly and fully. We do not normally interview applicants.
Typical year one modules
British Political History Since 1945
Culture and Values in a Changing World
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Modern Political Theory
Political Theory from Ancient to Modern
Problems in Global Politics
Understanding Global Politics
Plus some subsidiary modules from outside the school to be chosen on arrival.
Typical year two modules
Year two is spent focusing on global issues in one of 25 partner institutions around the world.
Typical year three modules
Airpower and Modern Warfare
International Politics of Race
Re-thinking the Cold War
The Rights and Wrongs of Climate Change
Comparative Electoral Systems
European Union Politics
Gender and Development
Ideas and Politics in Contemporary Britain
Identity, Territory and Political Conflict
Immigration and Citizenship
Intervention in Africa
Politics and Drugs
Property and its Critics
The War in Iraq
Typical year four modules
Comparative Democratic Development
Designing Political Enquiry
Europe and the Developing World
International Political Economy
Justice Beyond Borders: Theories of International and Intergenerational Justice
Politics of South Asia
Quantitative Political Analysis
The Road to Guantanamo: the treatment and experience of prisoners, civilian internees and detainees since 1860
Secret Intelligence and International Security
Terrorism and Insurgencies
The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
War, Peace and Terror
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
The University of Nottingham has one of the biggest and most diverse study abroad programmes in the UK, and those who have studied abroad often say that it was the highlight of their time as a student.
This course has been specially designed to include the opportunity to spend either your second or third year abroad. You can choose to study at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia or at one of our international partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and the USA (the choice will be governed by your academic progress). You'll get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture and will study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham (teaching is in English).
"I learnt so much in my year away at Monash University in Australia and really matured as an individual. It offered me a life experience I don't feel I could have gained had I studied my whole degree at Nottingham. I would encourage anybody with the opportunity to go on exchange to take advantage of it!"
Benjamin Beck, MSci International Relations and Global Issues
At Nottingham you will acquire a strong academic foundation and a range of excellent transferable skills, such as the ability to study independently and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. You will leave us with specialist knowledge of international issues and political systems that will enhance your global career prospects.
Our graduates develop careers across the private, public and charitable sectors. Private sector destinations include print and television journalism, broadcasting, television and ﬁlm production, advertising, marketing and personnel as well as the commercial and ﬁnancial sectors. Some go into party politics as parliamentary assistants, councillors in local government and even MPs; others work for the civil service and in research and data analysis.
Third-sector careers include working for non-governmental organisations, charities and development agencies. Some graduates opt for further study or take vocational qualiﬁcations in postgraduate law or teaching.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 95% of first-degree graduates in the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,728 with the highest being £35,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. For the last three years Nottingham has been one of the two most targeted universities in the country by employers.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.