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International Relations MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Relations

Course type


Course Summary

This course will you provide with an understanding of the forces of global politics and develop the skills you need to actively engage in the academic and professional discussions that are shaping the contemporary international agenda. With a particular focus on human rights and international conflict, it strikes a careful balance between the theoretical and practical elements of the study of international relations. This course draws on both theory and the practical application of academic research to the real world, though case studies and exploration of varying theories related to international relations. There is a strong focus on the transferal of ideas to real life, through workshops, games and simulations. You'll be taught by highly acclaimed academics and experts in international relations, politics, human rights and international conflict. You will explore the development of international relations and the key ideas that have shaped our understanding of the modern system. You will learn about actors and institutions such as the United Nations, the United States and the European Union, and you will study theoretical and policy debates concerning globalization and underdevelopment.

Different course options

Full time | Penrhyn Road Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Masters programme culminates in the dissertation, an extended project that allows the student to engage in independent research, applying and developing the content of the taught modules to a topic of their choice. The dissertation is prepared for in Semester 2, and is then fully engaged in what is effectively a third semester. The student's dissertation research is supported by supervision, with the primary emphasis on independent study.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a second class degree or above or equivalent in an area appropriate to the content of the degree; Relevant non-certified learning; an appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

University information

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