International Relations And Russian Studies (MA)

Staffordshire University the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3060

How you will study
part-time, distance

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
GBP 3060

All study options

About International Relations And Russian Studies at Staffordshire University

  • A strong emphasis on current international relations and security
  • The chance to focus on Russia as a geopolitical actor and to acquire expert knowledge
  • Develop specialist expertise about Russian political and military strategies in Ukraine and Syria, as well as about Russia-NATO relations
  • Work with tutors that have recognised expertise in Russian politics and security as well as international relations
  • The opportunity to undertake strategic language study in conjunction with the course
  • Engage with a wide range of students from a variety of countries and professional backgrounds

The MA in International Relations and Russian Studies has a strong contemporary orientation and stands at the core of the discipline of International Relations (IR). It will provide you with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of international relations, security issues and Russia as a geopolitical region. This course provides an excellent opportunity for professionals interested or already working in this area, as well as a thorough preparation for either practical work in the field or undertaking a research degree. Whatever your career plans, a thorough understanding of contemporary regional conflicts is essential to those working at an international level to try to understand and resolve them.

The MA draws on the expert knowledge of Russia and specific IR experience of the team in History & Politics and Sociology. Our staff are highly experienced in the development and delivery of virtual teaching and learning. Online learning provides you with the control over where and when you study. You will also be able to access regionally-appropriate language tuition (for an additional fee) from the Rosetta Stone language programme, giving you the opportunity to enhance the comprehensiveness of your distance learning MA degree. You will receive guidance and support through the virtual learning process as you gain confidence and knowledge.

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £3,060 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

Course content

Modules studied:

International Relations in the Modern Era (30 credits) examines the historical evolution of International Relations theory in relation to historical events of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through an examination of the main debates within International Relations, the course compares a variety of theoretical approaches linked to both historical and contemporary events in the development of the international/global system.

International Security (30 credits) examines both traditional conceptions of security and newer challenges to the conceptualization of security. These concepts are examined in terms of both Cold War issues and then a broader set of post-Cold War concerns, including terrorism, state and non-state threats, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Russian Politics and Security (30 credits) is divided into three parts. It starts with an introduction to current Russian Politics since 2000, before moving on to an overview of Russia`s role in dealing with the current insecurity and instability in the Russian and post-Soviet space, with reference to the North Caucasus and Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. In the last part of this module, Russia's role in the European and global security order is explored.

The Political Economy of Eurasia and Russia (30 credits) is divided into three parts. It starts with an introduction to relevant theoretical approaches from International Political Economy which will be applied in the second and third part of this module in order to analyse the current and evolving Political Economy of Eurasia and Russia, and to analyse how energy and natural resources constitute an important factor not only in economic policy-making in wider Eurasia and Russia, but also in terms of the role and interests of international political and economic state and non-state actors in Eurasia.

The Dissertation (60 credits) is supervised by staff but is a student-centred piece of independent work. Dissertation topics may be drawn from the areas covered in any of the modules you have taken. You will be expected to integrate elements of your learning on the course as a whole, as well as applying skills of research using primary and/or secondary sources. The length of the Dissertation is set at 15,000 words.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-time, DistanceHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3060International course feesGBP 3060

Entry requirements

For this online, distance-learning programme, applicants must have regular access to a computer with working internet access.

What qualifications would I need to join this programme?

The entry requirements for the course are normally:

1. A 2:1 Honours degree of a United Kingdom institution of higher education or international equivalent.
2. A Postgraduate Diploma or Post-Experience Diploma recognised as being equivalent to an Honours Degree.
3. In addition we would also accept non-standard applicants who have considerable relevant experience and a record of academic achievement. Applicants in this category may also be eligible to apply for Accreditation to Prior Learning (APL) providing enough evidence can be submitted.

Accredited Prior Learning

Students may be considered for APL/APEL on the basis of credit achieved in prior study; work based training, substantial employment or other experiential learning. This will be considered in accordance with the APL/APEL Handbook. Each application is assessed according to the specified procedure. The MA Board of Studies will ensure consistent application of the Handbook.

For the Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate awards a maximum of 75% of the total credits for the course may be set against accredited prior learning/experience.

Application from Overseas Students

The normal language requirement is Cambridge English and International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) examinations passed at WLTS 7 or other equivalent.


Applications from candidates with disabilities are always considered and assessment of their abilities and learning requirements will be undertaken sensitively. There will be consideration of your requirements and alternative arrangements will be made to allow you to complete the programme where possible.

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