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Full time | Strand Campus | 1 year | 17-JAN-22

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course type


Course Summary


The MSc Global Affairs examines the politics, society, economics and history of the world’s non-western, regional and rising powers and their role within a changing world order. With a flexible curriculum, the course allows you to develop the kinds of specialist regional knowledge (including the possibility of learning a language), research skills and awareness of yourself as a global citizen that are valued by employers, policy-makers and scholars in a fast-changing world.

Course detail

Our course is designed to enable you to develop an advanced understanding of the politics, society, economy and history of non-western countries, regions and rising powers, including via comparative analysis. The course allows you to build regional specialisation, alongside a consideration of cross-cutting and transnational issues in global affairs. With a firm focus on regions beyond Western Europe and North America, this course offers a truly global perspective on the changing world.

Teaching and assessment

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. A typical 15 credit module involves 20 hours of lectures and/or seminars, plus 130 hours of self-study to prepare for classes and assignments. A typical 30 credit module involves 20-30 hours of lectures/seminars plus 270 hours of self-guided or group-based learning/project work. The dissertation module involves five hours of dissertation supervision and approximately 595 hours of self-guided learning while researching and writing the dissertation. The capstone project will involve 30 hours of lectures/ tutorials, 18 hours of project work, and 52 hours of self-guided or group-based learning.

Career prospects

MSc Global Affairs graduates will have a wide range of career options including in further academic research, consultancy, NGOs, government and international organisations, media and publishing, business, finance and investment.


Russia is the European Union?s biggest neighbour and, arguably, its most challenging partner. Complex inter-linkages and interdependences ? in trade, energy, security, and politics ? have developed in the relations between these two international actors over the last quarter of the century. Russia?s policies in Ukraine have seriously altered these relations as Europe responded with sanctions against the Russian economy and Russia adopted its countersanctions. This module aims to provide students with a detailed and extensive coverage of the major events, economic and political challenges which define the field of EU-Russia relations, including trade and cooperation, security and governance, defence and foreign policy and such key issues as the future of Ukraine and the cooperation potential in Syria. The module will also provide students with an overall sense of the vectors driving Russian foreign policy towards Europe, and the contents and priorities informing the EU?s economic and foreign policy outlook towards its most strategically important neighbour to the East.
The Politics of the Contemporary Middle East (20 Credits)
African Issues in Global Affairs (20 Credits)
Global Affairs Dissertation (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Minimum Upper Second (2.1) in, but not confined to, Politics, IR, Area Studies, History, Geography, Anthropology, Liberal Arts, PPE or Modern Languages. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.