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Multilevel Governance and International Relations (with integrated professional training) Joint MA

Multilevel Governance and International Relations (with integrated professional training) Joint MA

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Relations International Politics

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Course Outline

This new Joint MA programme offers students an exceptional opportunity to pursue a graduate programme that will deliver an excellent understanding of multilevel governance and international relations which is enhanced and enriched by the mix of both British and French perspectives. Students spend the first semester at Aston University, taking a number of core and optional modules. They then spend semester two at Sciences Po, Rennes, where they study a further suite of core modules through the medium of French language, before moving on to undertake a related internship, and completing a final “Rapport de Stage”.

This is a demanding programme, which challenges students to engage fully with study opportunities in both learning institutions, but it is a rewarding experience, developing life-long skills and opening up new professional opportunities to its graduates.

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in study visits and the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group. All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.

Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Career prospects

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:

  • employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.),
  • research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks,
  • careers in government administration,
  • further postgraduate research at PhD level,
  • journalism,
  • international marketing or business.

Facilities & equipment

You will have access to:

  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals. The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources:
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-20

Modules

A better understanding of International Relations can help to explain why and how problems such as terrorism, economic and financial crisis, armed conflict or trade wars occur and how they might be best resolved. This course provides an advanced grounding in the key concepts and ideas employed in the analysis of International Relations and International Politics. This will offer you a sense of the identity of International Relations as an academic discipline and also give you a set of conceptual tools, which will better enable you to make sense of international events. International Relations Theory critically examines the nature and the impact of the major schools of thought in International Relations.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The tuition fee for 2019/20 is: £2,450 to be paid at Aston & €2,100 to be paid at Rennes; there may be slight increase in 2020/21 fees.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

The tuition fee for 2019/20 is: £7,050 to be paid at Aston & €6,600 to be paid at Rennes; there may be slight increase in 2020/21 fees.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:1 degree in Social Science, Language or a related subject. Other degrees might be suitable depending on personal statement and motivation; Working knowledge of French language (CEFR B2). Students will undertake the MUGIR entry interview along with French applicants, which will test motivation and level in French (a Skype interview is permitted). The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.