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MA International Relations with Advanced Research

MA International Relations with Advanced Research

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2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Relations Research Methods (Science)

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Course Summary

About the course

Study our MA in International Relations to gain an understanding of the forces that shape global politics in the 21st Century. A postgraduate degree in International Relations provides a pathway to a range of careers from policy-related roles in NGOs and government to vocational positions in the media and the private sector.

Whether your background is in Politics and International Relations, or another discipline, our MA equips you with the knowledge, skills and tools to critically analyse and tackle global society’s most pressing issues. Our innovative teaching methods, including simulations and panel-style debates, help establish a thorough grasp of the theoretical approaches and empirical methods used to study International Relations. Specialist modules allow you to study and analyse a range of topics, from traditional issues like war, peace and security to more contemporary debates on the international economy, global ethics, energy scarcity, and ecological changes. Our lecturers are active researchers who will give insight into current debates, developments and perspectives within the discipline of International Relations. You will undertake a dissertation, on a topic of your choice, and will be supervised through this task by one, or more, of the department’s dedicated research staff.

The MA is delivered with flexibility in mind, combining in-class activities with online learning provisions to ensure that studies can be balanced with other commitments, including work and family life. There are a number of different pathways on offer to fit with your individual needs and professional aims. The standard route MA is offered full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Alternatively, you may wish to take a Sandwich option (two years full-time), which combines a year of university study with a year-long work placement, or the with Advanced Research route (two years full-time), where you will complete an extended, year-long research project in addition to one year of university study.


Our postgraduate international relations graduates currently work in:

  • policy analysis and creation roles within government, think tanks or NGOs
  • vocation settings, including journalism, human resources or marketing within both the media and private sector
  • research within academia, government agencies, or private sector businesses including polling, market research or research and development.


On this module, you will be introduced to the complex world of professional research and exposed to the range of skills and tools researchers use to produce, critique and disseminate knowledge. You will learn how to design research projects from scratch and the best practice for circumnavigating any ethical conundrums you might face in the field. Dynamic, research active staff, will introduce you to the different methods and methodologies used to conduct International Relations-based research as well as many of the approaches used to analyse data within the Social Sciences more broadly. You will be given the opportunity to explore and practise these approaches and methods in a practical context, so as to better understand their individual strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the module, you will possess a competent understanding of the research process and have a sophisticated knowledge of the different ways you can communicate your findings.

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Entry requirements

A good second-class honours degree, or equivalent, with the merit of each application being assessed on an individual basis.

University information

​Master your dream At Herts, the university offers a huge variety of postgraduate courses covering everything from animation to environmental management. It offers flexible study options to suit a student’s lifestyle, fantastic links to business and expert guidance every step of the way. Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Employment prospects: 91.5% of postgraduates are in work or further study* Industry connections: Links...more

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