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Online MA International Relations

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Starting: Intakes: January, May and September
  • Course duration: 2.5 years

100% Online degree

Our Online MA in International Relations helps you understand the complexities of international arenas. With a strong emphasis on the value of theory in practice, you will get to grips with theoretical debates, ideas around global governance and the link between political economy and international security. This flexible online degree will prepare you for a number of different careers, from government departments to international development agencies.

This degree is designed to develop global awareness, an understanding of the complexities of contemporary international arenas and theoretical debates, and give you  an understanding of how policies can address rapid, sophisticated change. Over the duration of the course you will examine the significance of international relations and evaluate its theoretical frameworks, concepts, and methodologies, critique key debates and communicate complex ideas.

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  critical developments within this new and innovative field.

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 12 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 through which you will gain an advanced and critical understanding of International Relations. Our Online Masters in International Relations course also offers participation in our active international research community, with options to attend engaging seminars and conferences.

Find out further information about the MA International Relations online course.

  • 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)
    • Order 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

With International Relations teaching and research expertise from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, and Europe, you will be exposed to insights from every corner of the globe, helping you further your experience and career potential for jobs relevant to the International Relations field.

Find out more information on the online student experience.

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

Careers and employability

The field of International Relations aims to foster your global citizenship characteristics. Our graduates are highly employable in both public and private sectors due to their wide-ranging skills and competencies, and have gone on to fill diverse roles ranging from local and national government, educational institutes, charities and the United Nations.

By studying alongside a global community and faculty with NTU, you can enrich your International Relations experience and unlock a world of career opportunities. In addition, the knowledge and skills that you attain are  highly transferable across a variety of different sectors.

As  a 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 such as think-tank organisations and not-for-profits are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international / global events and processes.

Learn more on how you can build your career with NTU.

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

Fees and funding

Home / EU 
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Online MA International Relations£9,500

Request further information about the MA International Relations online course including information on fees and funding.

Fees are subject to change.

International 
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Online MA International Relations£9,500

Request further information about the MA International Relations online course including information on fees and funding.

Fees are subject to change.

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MA International Relations online enquiries
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