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International Politics (Research Training) MA

International Politics (Research Training) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Politics

Course type


Course Summary

This Masters programme emphasises the development of strong research, writing and analytical skills as well as the capacity to work independently - qualities highly valued by employers. A Masters is also ideal for students who want to pursue PhD research. This MA Programme will empower you to: Develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently; Write for and speak to a range of audiences; Evaluate and organise information; Work effectively with others; Work within time frames and to specific deadlines. The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Not only do we need to understand the ongoing changes in the nature of war and conflict, but we are also today faced with important transformations in global power relations, international flows of goods, people and diseases and, indeed, shifts in the nature of political communities on the globe. Whatever your background, whether in international politics or another discipline, this flagship MA programme provides you with the necessary tools to tackle these shifting landscapes.

With a wide range of modules and departmental expertise at your disposal, the scheme will expose you to envisioning new, different, better ways forward in our efforts to cope with the challenging political, military, social, economic and environmental contexts we live in today. Our graduates have expansive career opportunities. Previous graduates from our Department have gone on to work: in the development sector; in local and national politics; for the Diplomatic Service; for the Civil Service; for NGOs; with international organisations; as journalists; within academia; as governmental and social researchers; for Foreign Offices; for the military; in leadership roles in business/industry (CEOs/Chairmans); as political assistants; as teachers, lawyers and accountants.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module seeks to provide MA students of international politics with an advanced introduction to: 1) the significance of systematic study of international politics and the wide-ranging areas of concern to its study; 2) a variety of analytical tools for describing, explaining and understanding international politics and its constant dynamic evolution; and 3) debates in the study of international politics and international relations theory, and what is at stake in them, politically, ethically, practically and epistemologically/methodologically. This core module provides the students with the essential skills and conceptual frameworks necessary for thinking through what it takes to tackle the subject of international politics/international relations and its subfields today.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £6,280 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee for 2018/19 entry is £14,500 per year. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a good undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.