MA International Relations (Research) / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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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. 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:
- foreign policy (both China and US);
- war and peace;
- global ethics;
- human rights;
- environmental politics;
- security studies;
Two 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 and Laura Shepherd, among others.
This route will suit those wishing to obtain a high-level specialist subject qualification and the course will appeal to students interested in developing a deeper knowledge and understanding of critically-orientated international relations.
The diversity of the course also makes it a suitable introduction to the study of global politics. Those wishing to pursue a research training qualification or a PhD are advised to explore the International Relations (Research) route.
This course is designed for students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to careers in fields related to government and non-governmental organisations.
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.
|Dissertation Research Design||POLI60312||15||Mandatory|
|The Graduate Seminar in International Relations Theory||POLI70401||15||Mandatory|
|Critical Approaches in International Politics||POLI70412||15||Mandatory|
|Philosophy of Politics Research||POLI70771||15||Mandatory|
|Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research||SOCY60230||0||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Quantitative Methods||SOST70511||15||Mandatory|
|Power and Resistance in Postcolonial Societies||POLI60092||15||Optional|
|Governing in an Unjust World: Justice and International Relations||POLI60182||15||Optional|
|Using Documents in Social Research||POLI60252||5||Optional|
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