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International Relations

1 year
September 2024

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

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-centred 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.


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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What our students say

The MA course offered me insight into International politics that will stay with me forever. The level of learning coupled with the opportunities it provided me make it an easy recommendation for anyone interested in the subject.
Daniel Hughes
Daniel Hughes
MA International Relations
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Academic expertise

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Dr Evan Lawrence
Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology and Humanities

Evan teaches across the politics and international relations programs, both at Masters and Undergraduate level. She has collaborated with various organizations to help embed research into practice and often guest lectures within the field of policing. She is an internationally re…

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Dr Moises de Souza
School of Psychology and Humanities

Dr. Moises de Souza serves as the Course Leader for the International Relations BA programme and teaches a module in Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). He is also a lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Psychology & Humanities and holds the position of Chair at the Northe…

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.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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