Details of Taught Masters Programmes
We offer Taught Masters Degrees in:-
- Politics and International Relations (Political Theory)
- International Relations
- International Studies
- Research Methods (Politics and International Relations)
- Arab World Studies (a two year full-time programme)
- Defence Development and Diplomacy
- Conflict Prevention, Sustainable and Peace and Security
- You will normally need to have a good honours degree (2i) or its equivalent from a recognised university.
- You must also be proficient in written and spoken English:- the IELTS test is preferred with a total score of 7.0 with no component within that score lower than 6.5, or TOEFL IBT with an overall score of 102 with no component within that score lower than 25. If it has been more than two years since a certificate of proficiency has been taken then an up-to-date test must be completed.
- International students - check that you are suitably qualified to study your chosen programme. You can find entry requirements and any English language requirements on our country pages. The information is split up by country, so if you do not see your country listed or have further questions, please contact the International Office.
- The University Postgraduate Prospectus will be supplied on request and you MUST apply on-line.
- For international students only there is a deposit fee which has to be paid six weeks after receipt of the official offer letter.
- UK/EU students do not have to pay a deposit fee.
- Applicants must provide two references,at least one of which should be academic; these can either be included along with the submitted application in signed and sealed envelopes, or they can be sent directly to the School. Please ask your referees to email them directly, or you can attach them along with other documents through the on-line application system, or you can ask your referees to send them by post.
- Where available applicants should provide transcripts and evidence of Bachelors degrees.
- All students must be members of either the Ustinov College which is the College most postgraduate students opt for, or one of the other thirteen Colleges of the University. If applicants are unsure it is better to choose Ustinov College where there is more postgraduate accommodation distributed between singles, couples and families. The college prioritises new first year students, particularly those coming from overseas, for college accommodation.
Teaching and Learning
- Seminars: each module is taught through a weekly seminar at which you will have the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues
- Tutorials: you will have the opportunity to discuss your work and academic progress with your course tutor, who will help you to plan your private study
- Degrees: are made up of core and optional modules. Core modules will be available every year but the range of options may vary slightly depending upon student numbers and staff resources.
- Optional studies: your course director may, on the basis of discussions about your academic background and career plans, recommend optional studies available throughout the university which may be useful to you, eg. languages, IT, numeracy
- Dissertation: you will research and write a dissertation on one aspect of your course work in consultation with your course director and other specialist staff
International and European Studies at Durham
Durham has long enjoyed a world class reputation for its teaching and research in International and European Studies. Its resources range from the School of Government and International Affairs' expertise in international theory, international political economy, East Asian international relations and European Studies to the more specialised offerings of the East Asia and Geography Departments, the and the Research Centres on International Boundaries, the Environment and Europe. It offers a wide range of taught courses at postgraduate level, some designed for people intending to enter professional careers with an international dimension, others for students with a primarily academic interest.
Independent surveys show that Durham graduates are among the most successful in obtaining employment and further training. A recent employment leagues table by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) shows Durham joint second, after Oxford. Graduates from our Maters programmes have proceeded to a variety of professional careers, including Government and Public Service, Banking and Finance, Management Consultancy, Public Relations and Law. Durham offers postgraduate students access to a well established Careers Advisory Service, which enjoys extensive contacts with employers.
For further information please contact:
School of Government and International Affairs
Al Qasisi Building, Elvet Hill Road,
DURHAM. DH1 3TU
Tel: [int. +44] 0191 334 5751
Fax: [int. +44] 0191 334 5661
email: Postgraduate Admissions
- MA Taught Syllabus 2012-13 (last modified: 8 January 2013)