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International Relations MA or PGDip or PGCert

International Relations MA or PGDip or PGCert

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Full time | Headington Campus | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Relations

Course type


Course Summary


Gain a grounding in research methods with our International Relations MA/PGDip/PGCert. Our course covers the central foundations of the contemporary discipline of International Relations. This has grown beyond the traditional concern with inter-state relations.

You will have access to a dynamic, supportive community of scholars who undertake internationally recognised research. And you can attend a rich programme of research seminars with presentations from high-profile, external guest speakers.

The course integrates research and teaching. And allows you to focus on your areas of interest through a range of optional modules.

You will benefit from links with international NGOs, many of which are based in Oxford. These include Oxfam and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID).

Our graduates have built successful careers in a variety of disciplines including:

social work

After you graduate

Career prospects

The programme will appeal to students who have a broad interest in international affairs, and to those whose future work is likely to involve the public sphere in an international and global context. It is relevant to careers in media and general management, as well as in the civil service, intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations. It will also appeal to those wanting to progress to a research degree.

Students can also exit with Pgdip/PgCert awards.


In transitions from civil war to peace, why does violence often continue, even when ceasefires are in place? How does violence affect peace processes, and how can continuing insecurity be managed? In this module, you?ll explore concepts of violence, peace and peacebuilding, as well as studying examples from peace processes and post-war societies, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Rwanda, South Africa and Northern Ireland. You?ll be assisted to critically analyse the causes of violence in the context of peacebuilding and to make recommendations for its management.

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 are normally required to have at least a second-class honours degree from a university in the UK or an equivalent qualification from countries outside the UK. The degree should be in an appropriate discipline.

University information

Oxford Brookes University has grown to become one of the UK's top modern universities, and is highly regarded both nationally and internationally for its excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Oxford Brookes University brings together high-quality teaching with courses designed for the real world, great employer links and a first-class careers service. The University has four main faculties: Oxford Brookes Business...more