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International Relations

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

The MA in International Relations is an interactive and engaging programme aimed at challenging preconceptions and making learning fun and practical.

There are numerous modules aimed at helping make sense of the interconnected world we live in while dealing with some of the most controversial topics of our time. You can complete an in-depth research-based dissertation or a placement in an appropriate organisation such as a government department, NGO or international organisation. 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 you’ll have a wide and nuanced understanding of the role international relations plays in everyday life. You will be able to analyse the public policies that make up the international field to apply theory to the real world of international relations.

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.

Why study with us

  • The course introduces postgraduate level IR theory and its real-world applications through either international placement or dissertation.
  • Dr. Lawrence, the course leader, is an internationally respected expert in terrorism and security. She often consults with government and regularly provides expert commentary to a variety of media outlets.
  • Past students have taken international trips to Washington DC, New York, Germany, Prague, Cyprus, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo.

What you'll do

  • The MA in International Relations is a unique degree allowing students the flexibility to select modules that align with their interests and to complete a substantial research project on a topic of their choosing
  • We place great emphasis on student-centered learning, which involves you in becoming aware of, reflecting on and evaluating your own achievements
  • 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 organisations in locations around the world.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

Students who wish to continue to further study will be prepared to take up places in MRes and PhD programmes at the University and around the world. They will additionally be well placed to take up a role in a variety of international organisations who generally require their staff to have a graduate degree for research and analyst roles.

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.

Graduates 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.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

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