MA International Relations (Research) / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course description

Sara Giorgi

There is so much going on in the University: debates, talks, societies, events

It is truly an environment where you can flourish.

Sara Giorgi / MA International Relations student

International Relations is one of the most popular courses at postgraduate level. On this course, you will be taught and supervised by experienced staff with strong interests in critical approaches to the study of global politics.

Course units cover a wide range of global issues, including:

  • Chinese ethnic politics;
  • citizenship;
  • gender;
  • war and peace;
  • global ethics;
  • human rights;
  • environmental politics;
  • security studies;
  • the United Nations;
  • the Arab uprisings;
  • critical military studies;
  • race;
  • capitalism.

Two course units form the centrepiece of our course: the Graduate Seminar in International Politics and Critical Thinkers in International Politics.These units are designed to develop transferable skills in critical inquiry, creative thinking, research design and problem-solving. You will also complete a major research dissertation, with the guidance of a member of staff in international politics.

Being a part of a postgraduate community, you are encouraged to participate in the Critical Global Politics research cluster, who organise a seminar series attracting high profile speakers, including:

  • Cynthia Enloe
  • Cynthia Weber 
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams
  • Marysia Zalewski
  • Laura Shepherd.

This route will suit you if you are considering further study in the form of a PhD as it contains specialised research methods training suitable for PhD applications.

The enhanced methods training is in place of additional optional modules, so please be aware that the research route has less options than the standard route.

The course is also suitable if you wish to pursue careers in government and non-governmental organisations, the International Relations (standard) route offers greater flexibility of course units because the International Relations (research) route includes additional specialised research methods training.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time course.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory course units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Design and Skills POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Graduate Seminar in International Relations Theory POLI70401 15 Mandatory
Critical Approaches in International Politics POLI70412 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Qualitative Research Methods SOCY60230 0 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Migration, Mobility and Displacement in the Contemporary World MGDI60731 15 Optional
Power and Resistance in Postcolonial Societies POLI60092 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World: Justice and International Relations POLI60182 15 Optional
Researching Elites POLI70022 5 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Ethics in World Politics POLI70451 15 Optional
Security Studies POLI70461 15 Optional
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Optional
Critical Environmental Politics POLI70921 15 Optional
Gender, War and Peace POLI70962 15 Optional
The United Nations and International Security POLI71112 15 Optional
Critical Military Studies POLI71121 15 Optional
The Politics of Global Climate Change POLI71141 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Race and Capitalism POLI71161 15 Optional
Political Theory of the European Union POLI71191 15 Optional
The Photovoice Method POLI71202 5 Optional
Capitalism and Development in the Middle East POLI71312 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60891 5 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Internet Research SOST60232 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60511 5 Optional
Creating a Sustainable World: Interdisciplinary Applications of the Sustainable Development Goals UCIL60312 15 Optional
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Facilities

As a School of Social Sciences student, you will be supported by first-class resources.   

As well as access to networked study areas and one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country, The University of Manchester Library .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk