If you're interested in national and international organisations, conflict and uncertainty, and in how they are shaping contemporary international relations, our MA International Relations will develop your grasp of the central issues. You'll study the contours of contemporary insecurity, such as weapons of mass destruction (WMD), terrorism and political violence, and explore the power of social movements, political resistance and rebellion.
You'll challenge conventional explanations, develop your own arguments, and participate in key debates about international relations and global politics. You'll develop advanced analytic skills and critical assessment abilities, and learn to write engaging reports, policy briefs and essays.
When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to generate creative solutions that benefit the global economy and international society. You will be suited for roles in security, development, social policy, governance, advocacy and communications. Previous graduates have gone on to work in parliaments, political parties, third sector and civil society organisations.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Study pressing topics, such as whether global civil society can promote security, development and rights; how terrorism and political violence shape domestic and political affairs; how nuclear and other security threats have evolved; and the role the EU endeavours to play in global politics.
- Build up expertise in issues relating to security and risk and global civil society.
- Develop a high level of specialist knowledge in an area of your choice through your dissertation.
- Have the opportunity to study abroad with one of our European partners.
Work experience and career planning
If you're not already in employment, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this MA International Relations degree course
You'll study the following core modules:
- Exploring International Relations
- Dissertation / Major Project
You'll choose from the following optional modules:
- NGOs and Social Movements
- European International Relations: Facing New Challenges
- Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges (campus based only)
- Resistance and Rebellion
- Defence and Deterrence
- Terrorism and Political Violence
- Facing Up to the Challenges of Transitional Justice (distance learning only)
- MA Study Abroad Programme (campus based only)
Additionally, you'll enhance your academic and employability skills with the Researching International Relations and Academic Enrichment Programme modules.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- lectures and seminars
- independent learning activities
- set readings
- discussion in forums.
Our teaching staff are internationally recognised and actively researching in the areas they teach.
They're members of international professional associations for Politics and International Relations, such as the Political Studies Association, British International Studies Association, International Studies Association, European Consortium for Political Research and European Union Studies Association.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- academic essays
- briefing papers and reports
- blog posts
- narrated presentations
- a major independent project or dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. This includes group discussions, peer review activities, and virtual seminars.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Careers and opportunities
With a rounded skill set, and knowledge of international issues, you'll be an informed global citizen, with a sense of responsibility and commitment to ethical practice and issues of global social justice.
What can I do with a Master's degree in international relations?
This MA International Relations Master's degree will put you in a strong position to pursue job roles in areas and organisations such as:
- national, European and international state institutions
- political parties
- political lobbyists
- think tanks
- security and risk analysis
- foreign affairs analysis
- political communication and journalism
You could also continue your studies in postgraduate research, leading to a qualification such as a PhD.