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M1K607 International Studies MA Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code M1K607
Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 7183

Course Content


This programme combines a sound basis of advanced knowledge and understanding in the broader and more disparate field of International Studies with the opportunity to choose optional specialist areas of study from among those offered in the School, and other schools such as Modern Languages and Cultures. The particular interests reflected in the choice of options may then be developed through the researching and writing of a dissertation.

Through the programme, you will gain advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • The extent to which an international community has developed and the driving forces shaping its development
  • Factors determining humanitarian interventions
  • The processes of globalisation in the political, economic, cultural and scientific fields
  • The governance role of international organisations
  • How the degree of integration of countries into the international political and economic system varies and the determinants of those variations
  • Historical and/or contemporary issues and debates in the politics and political economy of specific states and/or areas and/or international institutions and organisations
  • Regime analysis and the concept of soft power governance
  • An appropriate topic in international politics of their choice.

Course Structure

Students will take 3 core modules to the value of 105 credits and optional modules to the value of 75 credits, 40 of which can be taken from Modern Languages and Cultures or 15 credits which can be taken from another Board of Studies.

Core Modules

  • The International System
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Production
  • Dissertation.

Optional Modules

  • Collective Identities & Political Thought in Britain Since 1850
  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • German Foreign Policy
  • Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe
  • European Security
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
  • Studying Hamas
  • Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East
  • The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
  • America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
  • Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia
  • The East Asian Strategic Quadrangle
  • Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business
  • Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China
  • Political Corruption in Capitalist Asia
  • Just War in Political Theory and Practice
  • Human Rights
  • Political Ideology
  • Religion and Globalisation
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Islamic Law and Financial Transactions
  • Islamic Political Economy.

Teaching and assessment details

Essays, Unseen/Seen Examinations

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (with no component below 6.5) or equivalent.

English Language requirements


Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


For more information on funding opportunities, visit the University's funding database.

Career Opportunities

Government & International Affairs, School of

Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies,
UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and
details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.  

Open days and visits

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Department Information

Government & International Affairs, School of


The School's place amongst the top UK departments for Politics and International Relations has been confirmed by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results inwhich50%ofour research rated in the top two categories: ‘world
leading' and ‘internationally excellent'.

The School submitted work by every member of its academic staff to the RAE, with the results showing research
excellence throughout the School. With a further 30% of research rated ‘internationally recognised', 80% of
the School's research output falls in the top three grades of the exercise.

Providing a unique environment for learning, training and research, the School has a truly international base
with students from over 40 different countries studying on both our taught and research courses. The School prides itself on the support it provides for postgraduate students and has dedicated IT and study room facilities. Special collection library facilities are located
within the main University Library, which is a short walk from the School.


Teaching Staff

Prof Habib Ahmed, Sharjah Chair in Islamic Law and Finance
Dr Mehmet Asutay, Reader in Political Economy
Dr Ilan Baron, Lecturer
Dr Joanildo Burity, Senior Lecturer
Dr Gordon Cheung, Senior Lecturer
Dr Gidon Cohen, Senior Lecturer
Ms Lara Coleman, Lecturer in Development and Conflict
Dr Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics
Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson, Lecturer
Prof John Dumbrell, Professor of Government
Prof Anoush Ehteshami, Professor
Dr Jeroen Gunning, Reader in Middle East Politics, and Conflict Studies
Dr Olli Hellmann, Lecturer in Asian Political Economy
Dr Geoff Kennedy, Lecturer
Dr David Kerr, Lecturer
Prof Nicholas Lewer, Professor
Dr Yukiko Miyagi, Lecturer
Prof Emma Murphy, Professor
Prof James Piscatori, Professor of International Relations
Dr Christian Schweiger, Lecturer
Dr Julia Stapleton, Reader in Politics
Dr Peter Stirk, Senior Lecturer
Dr Claire Sutherland, Lecturer
Dr Colin Turner, Reader
Dr Nick Vivyan, Lecturer
Dr Stephen Welch, Lecturer
Prof John Williams, Professor
Professor Rodney Wilson, Professor.

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