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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Relations

Course type


Course Summary

This course will investigate how international politics has shaped modern history. Through a combination of theory and practice, you will analyse and discuss major aspects of world affairs such as: War and diplomacy; International law; Globalisation; Negotiation; Revolutions; Climate change; Regional issues; Migration. During this programme you will: Consider and debate contemporary and historical international issues; Improve your writing, argumentation, and debating skills; Develop critical and complex thinking; Explore regional issues in world affairs and the main aspects of disputes and cooperation in world politics; Explore the connection between politics and international political economics; Learn about the importance and application of international law; Practice the methodology of in-depth research; Master the art of negotiation; Understand the theoretical aspects of complex international issues; Understand and apply theoretical frameworks to real-life examples. By participating in discussions, debates and simulations, you will be encouraged to observe root causes, and analyse phenomena that shape our world.

Our academics have consulted for governments across the world and contributed valuable research in global issues and policies. Their expertise will help you develop practical and analytical skills that will prepare you for work in a variety of capacities including politics, finance, banking, media, law and economics.

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Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The dissertation requires of the student a research effort, sustained over the whole length of the MA programme and using primary and secondary sources, on a specific topic in international relations of particular interest to the student, the output of which is a dissertation of 15,000 words, featuring an element of originality within an appropriate theoretical framework and/or in the method of analysing evidence. The dissertation must address the relations between states and/or societies; the topic is required to address a major issue or issues which are of concern to the study of IR (states, systems, organisations, war and peace, diplomacy or any other concepts of importance and relevance. The dissertation ties together all learning outcomes of the MAIR as a whole. It provides students with an opportunity to conduct an individual research study, under supervised contact; students will develop specialisation, and synthesise knowledge acquired throughout the year.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should hold a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted.