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Political Psychology of International Relations Msc

Political Psychology of International Relations Msc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Relations International Politics Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Political decision-making and action at the international level are shaped by complex psychological mechanisms that are often under-explored or overlooked by mainstream approaches to International Relations. This programme focuses on the individual, group, and mass-level psychological dynamics and processes that determine political outcomes. Our students gain an in-depth understanding of the psychological underpinnings of International Relations and the empirical tools to engage with timely issues and puzzles in international politics.

This course aims to equip students with the tools to address the complex psychological mechanisms which influence political decision and action. It examines processes at the individual, group, mass, and state levels, and engages with theoretical and empirical analyses. It uses timely issues and puzzles in international politics and highlights the role of political psychology in explaining, describing, and predicting their origins and outcomes. You will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of the psychological underpinning of International Relations, alongside structured training in Research Methods. Topics and issues examined include: Emotions in crises and conflicts; The psychology of radicalization, terrorism, and political violence; Identities of religion, gender, and nationalism; Trust and empathy in International Relations; Interpersonal dynamics in face-to-face diplomacy.

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Full time | Edgbaston Campus | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

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Full time


1 year

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The aim of the exercise is for you to be able to apply the knowledge and research skills you have gained in your modules to a longer-term, independent project. The dissertation allows you to demonstrate your ability to work on your own, acquire knowledge about a specialised area of study, and present a cogent, well-supported defence of a central claim. The dissertation may involve the presentation of new knowledge or the use of primary sources, but is not a core requirement.

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Entry requirements

Students should have a good honours degree (UK 2:1, GPA 3.00) is required for admission to taught Masters programmes. The application form must be supported by two letters of reference, and non-native English overseas students should also submit a statement of English language competence (TOEFL 580/237; IELTS 6.5). Entry at Graduate Diploma level is possible for those with a reasonable first degree. Graduate Diploma students can upgrade to the Msc on satisfactory examination performance.

University information

Part of the Russell Group of UK universities, the University of Birmingham has been developing great minds, encouraging challenging debates and pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence for over 100 years. Over 14,000 students from over 150 countries choose to study at Birmingham, meaning you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community. 40% of this student population are postgraduates. Birmingham understands that you want to...more

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