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International Politics - International Relations Pathway (Research Route) MA

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
12 Months. [Full-Time]; 24 Months [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
This course is very popular and we receive a high volume of applications each year.  We therefore advise early application to avoid disappointment.
How to apply

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

  • You are intrigued by big global questions: security, human rights, terrorism and migration
  • You are thinking about pursuing policy-focused or academic research
  • You would like to interact with a dynamic team of academics engaged in thought-provoking and insightful research

International Relations (IR) is one of the fastest growing sections of our Graduate Programme and an area in which we are investing significantly.  The MA course units on offer cover most of the field with a significant emphasis on the critical and normative dimensions of contemporary IR scholarship.

As well as research training, the IR pathway provides students with a critical grounding in the theory and practice of international politics in an era of globalisation. The compulsory course units are complemented by core course units in global ethical and normative issues, security studies, foreign policy and international political economy.  You take five compulsory research training modules and two compulsory core modules: 


  • Graduate seminar in International Relations
  • Advanced graduate seminar in International Relations


  • Graduate seminar in International Relations

Plus either

  • Security Studies
  • Contemporary US Foreign Policy

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,000
    International students (per annum): £8,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Please see the School's funding page for further information.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
+44(0) 161 275 1296
+44(0) 161 275 2450
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