Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Subject to approval
The MA in International Relations at UCLan is an interactive and engaging programme aimed at challenging preconceptions and making learning fun and practical. There are numerous modules aimed at helping students make sense of the interconnected world we live in while dealing with some of the most controversial topics of our time. Students can complete an in-depth research-based dissertation or a placement in an appropriate organisation such as a government department, NGO or International Organisation.
Dr. Lawrence, the course leader, is an internationally respected expert in terrorism and security. The optional modules on the course allow students to focus on areas of particular interest, such as international legal policy, East Asian international relations or British foreign policy.
A good 2.1 in an undergraduate programme or equivalent professional experience.
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Possible Optional Modules
Past students at UCLan have taken international trips to Washington DC, New York, Germany, Prague, Cyprus, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo. UCLan has an active Model United Nations student society and participates in a national conference yearly. The Model UN society has won several student awards for best student society in the past.
Students are given the option of completing a placement instead of a dissertation, which will allow students to select and apply for placements with a wide variety of organizations in locations around the world. This fosters a deeper understanding of the organizations that are involved in international relations as well as giving students an in depth look inside an organization which they may wish to work for in the future.
Upon completion of this course students will have a wide and nuanced understanding of the role international relations plays in everyday life. They will be able to analyse the public policies that make up the international field to apply theory to the real world of international relations. Students will be able to produce superior written material and provide graduate level research to potential employers giving them a firm step up on the competition. Through the placement they also offer employers a chance to hire graduates who already have an understanding of the practical aspects of their organization.
Students who wish to continue to further study will be prepared to take up places in MRes and PhD programmes at UCLan and around the world. They will additionally be well placed to take up a role in a variety of international organizations who generally require their staff to have a graduate degree for research and analyst roles.
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Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
Dr. Lawrence, the course leader, is an international respected expert in terrorism and security. She often consults with government and regularly provides expert commentary to a variety of media outlets.
Within the teaching team there is a wealth of expertise in Asia Pacific Studies and the team have frequently been called upon to advise the UK government on foreign policy with regard to North Korea, South Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan.
Assessments will be a combination of essays, practical assignments, simulations, group projects, and presentations.