Location: Canterbury and Moscow
The main goal of this programme is to link the general study of international relations to specific questions about Eurasia in world politics and the international economy. In the post-Cold War world in which the tectonic plates of international relations are shifting, the programme provides a unique, critical perspective on traditional approaches to studying international relations and conventional accounts of East-West relations.
Students will receive high-quality teaching from eminent scholars both at Kent and the HSE in Moscow who are internationally renowned experts on international relations, Eurasian politics and the world economy. In addition to unique modules and a dissertation offering the opportunity to conduct original research, the programme also encompasses an internship (during the second year in Moscow) and other possibilities for work placements.
This is a unique programme that equips students not only with superb analytical skills but also specialised knowledge and invaluable cross-cultural experiences.Postgraduate study in Politics and International Relations at Kent
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain a knowledge and understanding of:
- historical and theoretical issues at the forefront of the discipline of international relations, together with familiarity with appropriate bibliographical sources
- the epistemological and methodological principles in their application to the study of international relations
- key ontological, theoretical, and methodological problems of international relations
- current challenges to international order, cooperation, identity, social formations, and global issues, and possible strategies to address them
- the changing role of the state in the context of globalisation and regional integration and the implications for international peace and security
- how to carry out an independent research project and write in a scholarly manner demonstrating familiarity with academic conventions deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly
- International Relations and politics as approached in a different academic environment and from a different intellectual tradition.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- general research skills, especially bibliographic and computing skills
- gather, organize and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources
- identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems
- develop reasoned arguments, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement
- reflect on, and manage, their own learning and seek to make use of constructive feedback from peers and staff to enhance their performance and personal skills
- manage their own learning self-critically
- ability to perform effectively in another academic environment and a different linguistic and cultural setting.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- applying concepts, theories and methods used in the study of international relations, the analysis of political events, ideas, institutions and practices
- evaluating different interpretations of political issues and events
- describing, evaluating and applying different approaches to collecting, analysing and presenting political information
- developing a good understanding of the main epistemological issues relative to research in the social sciences, including some major theoretical and epistemological debates in the social sciences, such as explanation of and understanding the differences between positivist, realist and other accounts of social science and the practical implications of the major alternative philosophical positions in the social sciences for research.
You will gain the following transferrable skills:
- communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing (including, where appropriate, the use of IT); organise information clearly and coherently; use communication and information technology for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information
- produce written documents; undertake online research; communicate using e-mail; process information using databases
- define and review the work of others; work co-operatively on group tasks; understand how groups function; collaborate with others and contribute effectively to the achievement of common goals
- explore personal strengths and weaknesses; time management; review working environment (especially student-staff relationship); develop autonomy in learning; work independently, demonstrating initiative and self-organisation. Important research management skills include the setting of appropriate timescales for different stages of the research with clear starting and finishing dates (through a dissertation); presentation of a clear statement of the purposes and expected results of the research; and developing appropriate means of estimating and monitoring resources and use of time
- identify and define problems; explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.
The programme aims to:
- provide a programme that will attract, and meet the needs of, those seeking advanced training in the discipline of International Relations
- provide students with a research-active learning environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of international relations, including its political, social, and economic aspects
- examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact through a dynamic appreciation of different levels of analysis
- ensure that students acquire advanced knowledge of theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, its major debates, its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study, and a critical appreciation of the essentially contested nature of politics in general and international relations in particular
- ensure that students acquire an advanced understanding of the relationship between theoretical, methodological, and empirical content of the issue-areas studied
- provide an opportunity to study abroad in a different academic environment
- contribute to students’ learning experience by offering them the opportunity to approach the study of International Relations and politics from the perspective of a different intellectual and cultural tradition.