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MA in International Relations at Queen Mary, Paris

MA in International Relations at Queen Mary, Paris

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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

This one-year degree programme offers an opportunity to explore critical events influencing international relations and obtain a prestigious Queen Mary University of London postgraduate degree while studying in the centre of the French capital.

Degree benefits

The MA in International Relations is concerned with analysing the key issues and concepts in world politics. The programme will provide you with a sophisticated theoretical and empirical understanding of international relations including areas of expertise such as war and security, globalisation and development, and contemporary world politics. You will develop a set of analytical and research skills, as well as knowledge enabling you to think, analyse and write critically about contemporary international issues. The degree programme will also build a firm foundation for further study.

The taught programme will be delivered through a combination of workshops, guest lectures and seminars throughout the year at the University of London Institute in Paris.

You will be taught by internationally-renowned staff from the Queen Mary School of Politics and International Relations. These intensive sessions will give you the opportunity to network with your peers and academics face to face and experience life on campus at the University of London Institute in Paris.

Key benefits include:

The unique opportunity to study at a Russell group UK university from the centre of the French capital and gain a prestigious Queen Mary University of London postgraduate degree.
Classes taught by experienced researchers who are leaders in their fields.
An integrated and flexible approach: enjoy the combination of workshops, guest lectures and seminars.
The unrivalled opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and benefit from the exposure to the culture and traditions of a major European capital.
The opportunity to gain an international perspective in a global city that plays a central role in international politics and economics and also houses international organisations such as UNESCO, the OECD and the European Union Institute for Security Studies.

Offered in partnership with Queen Mary University of London - a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities in the UK and rated amongst the top 20 in the UK for its research in Politics and International Relations - this degree offers you the opportunity to study International Relations in the heart of the French capital.

Careers information

Studying the MA in International Relations will be a challenging and rewarding experience. With our excellent facilities and experienced lecturers and support staff, you will be able to reach your academic potential. Gaining a recognised postgraduate qualification from a prestigious UK university along with a wealth of experience and confidence along the way will prepare you for many career paths or further study.


This module introduces students to main theories from which international relations research is conducted and methods and analytics with which to conduct such research. Taught in SEM2 the module serves as a preparation for undertaking dissertation research that students are expected to accomplish in SEM3. The module enables students to learn (1) various theories of knowledge (e.g., positive versus normative, explanation versus understanding, objectivist versus subjectivist, postcolonial and decolonial, and rational versus relativist ways of doing international relations research; (2) major methods used in international relations research (e.g., interviews, documents, repositories, archives, recordings, and digital sources); and (3) analytical relations between various theories of knowledge in international research and methods appropriate to them. The module introduces students all these three issues with judicious examples drawn from major debates in contemporary international relations research.

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Entry requirements

Students should have an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a related degree.

University information

Postgraduate students at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) can gain an advanced qualification while studying in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. ULIP students can do a master’s degree in urban history and culture, international relations or law, or carry out research in one of the university’s main areas of expertise such as the history and culture of Paris or modern French literature. In partnership with Queen Mary...more