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Online MA International Relations

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Starting: September 2018; January 2019; May 2019
  • Course duration: 2.5 years (online distance learning)

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Our Online MA in International Relations helps you understand the complexities of international arenas. Get to grips with theoretical debates, ideas around global governance and the link between political economy and international security.

Why study for an Online MA International Relations degree online?

The online International Relations Masters degree is designed to develop global awareness, an understanding of the complexity of contemporary international arenas, and a sense of how policies can address rapid, sophisticated change.

The course offers you the opportunity to take part in an exciting contemporary discussion that not only focuses on core theoretical understandings, but also on contemporary and critical developments within the field.

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What you'll study

The online MA in International Relations is a modular course, completed over the course of two and a half years. It consists of 13 modules worth ten credits each, plus a dissertation worth 60 credits (total of 180 credits).

During this postgraduate course you'll study modules specially designed to impart theoretical knowledge, research and practical skills.

Teaching on the course is from a truly international team and attracts a cohort from across the world. This allows you to consider many different international viewpoints and offers a thoroughly holistic learning experience. You will gain an advanced and critical understanding of International Relations.

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  • Course modules

    • International Relations Theory (10 credits)
    • Methodologies in International Relations Research (10 credits)
    • War and Peace in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East and North Africa (10 credits)
    • Security, Radicalisation and Terrorism in Europe (10 credits)
    • The New World War: Terrorism in the Era of Globalisation (10 credits)
    • Security in the Post-Soviet Space (10 credits)
    • Women and Global Movements (10 credits)
    • The New World Order: Global Governance and International Institutions (10 credits)
    • The Political Economy of (Under-) Development (10 credits)
    • The Rise and Fall of Hegemonic Powers: the USA, China and the Rest (10 credits)
    • Wealth and Power in Europe (10 credits)
    • Challenges to International Security in the Asia-Pacific (10 credits)
    • Dissertation (60 credits)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The online MA in International Relations course provides a flexible and engaging way to learn, with a number of ways to interact with the curriculum, including:

  • video lectures
  • real-life case studies
  • interactive assignments
  • social interaction
  • digital tools and resources
  • interactive academic support.

Research-informed teaching

Teaching on the course is drawn directly from regionally aligned research strengths in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, and Europe. This research feeds directly into the course allowing you to learn about the latest issues in this field from world-renowned experts.

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Teaching is from a truly international team who have regionally aligned specialisms and experience.

Careers and employability

By nature, the International Relations subject aims to foster your global citizenship characteristics with the discipline’s focus on openness to the world, and its focus on sustainability issues. In addition, the knowledge and skills that you attain are generally those that employers in a variety of different sectors seek, which means that as an International Relations graduate you should have a good opportunity to promote yourself to suitable employers.

As an International Relations graduate from this course you will have had the opportunity to reflect on the subject and transferable skills that you have learned while preparing coursework, and those include expertise in writing complex yet concise analytical pieces, developing and implementing projects, and the ability to present in-depth ideas with confidence. You will also have been helped and encouraged to articulate those skills in relation to particular occupations that you may be interested in pursuing.

You may wish to pursue a career in relevant government departments or international aid and development agencies. In the private sector businesses are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international / global events and processes.

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Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally 2.2 or above).

Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters level in their Personal Statement.

No references are normally required when applying for this course. However, two Letters of Recommendation will be required when an applicant's qualifications are below the 2.2 degree standard.

Visit the dedicated Online MA International Relations website for more information.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 941 8419

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally 2.2 or above).

Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters level in their Personal Statement.

No references are normally required when applying for this course. However, two Letters of Recommendation will be required when an applicant's qualifications are below the 2.2 degree standard.

Visit the dedicated Online MA International Relations website for more information.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 941 8419

How to apply

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