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Full time | Preston Campus | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Relations

Course type


Course Summary

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.

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.


During this module you'll become aware of facts and concepts to explain contemporary international issues with special attention to the interrelatedness of policy through the different and varied levels of governance. (Global Awareness). You'll be able to present different theoretical perspectives to explain local, global, international, and intercultural problems and be able to evaluate the utility of these perspectives in solving global problems. (Global Perspective). You'll utilize your knowledge and skills to make team-based solution-oriented arguments and prescriptions for contemporary international problems. (Global Engagement). You'll improve your research and writing ability when formulating complex arguments.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:1 degree in related subject. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have relevant experience.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is an international, multi-campus university leading the way in contemporary postgraduate learning. A modern institution with nearly two centuries of educational heritage, UCLan was established in 1992 but can trace its roots all the way back to 1828. There are currently around 200 postgraduate courses on offer, designed to equip students with industry-ready skills and prepare them to excel in the...more

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