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    Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years

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Why study this programme?

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. 

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Entry Requirements

A good 2.1 in an undergraduate programme or equivalent professional experience.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • IR 4101 Theories in International Relations
  • IR 4102 Researching International Relations
  • Optional Module


Semester 2


  • IR4103 Contemporary Issues in International Relations
  • Optional Module
  • Optional Module

Semester 3


  • IR 4199 Dissertation or IR 4198 Placement

Further Information

Possible Optional Modules

  • IR 4105 Public Policy of Terrorism & Security
  • IR 4106 Peace and Conflict Studies
  • IR 4107 Britain and the World since 1945
  • IR 4109 Public Policy Analysis
  • AI4101 China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Relations
  • AI4102 Globalisation and Economic Development in Asia Pacific
  • BU4101 International Labour Markets
  • CJ4013 Power, Violence, and Oppression
  • CJ4014 International Drug Policy
  • CJ4016 Cybercrime: An International Context
  • EB4201 Challenges in Global Development
  • KO4010 Explaining Inter-Korean Relations
  • KO4011 North Korea: Politics, History, and International Relations
  • KO4013 Development in Fragile States and Accountable Institutions
  • KO4014 Divided Nations: Disputes, Violence, and Conflict
  • SP4002 Comparative Social Policy and Social Change

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. 

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk


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.

Fees 2020/21


Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

  • Dr. Evan Jean 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.
  • Dr. Ed Griffith’s research interests are mainly focussed on the international relations of East Asia, the Sino-Japanese relationship and China’s approach to its own changing role in the region. He is interested in exploring how established IR theories can be adapted to deepen our understanding of China’s behaviour in developing its relationships with neighbouring countries
  • Dr. Jonathan Colman is a historian who focuses mainly on US and British foreign policies, including the role of embassies and foreign ministries, from the late 1930s until the end of the Cold War
  • Dr Moises Lopes de Souza is Chair of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He is also Researcher in Asia Studies at the International Relations Research Center of the University of São Paulo (NUPRI-GEASIA), and deputy-director of the South China Sea Think Tank (SCSSTT). His research focuses on Asia Pacific maritime disputes, international relations of Asia-Pacific, foreign policy analysis (FPA), Cross-Strait Relations, and China-US-Latin America relations. 

Assessments will be a combination of essays, practical assignments, simulations, group projects, and presentations.