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M1K607 International Studies MA Postgraduate Taught 2015


UCAS code M1K607
Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 06-10-2015
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5660

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 three 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business
  • Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China
  • Human Rights
  • Political Ideology
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Islamic Law and Financial Transactions
  • Islamic Political Economy
  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis
  • Democracy in the Developing World
  • Region Nation and Citizen in South East Asia.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

English Language requirements

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

Requirements and Admissions

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Fees and Funding

Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page

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Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Government & International Affairs

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.

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Department Information

School of Government & International Affairs


The School is placed amongst the top UK departments for Politics and International Relations. 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 Jutta Bakonyi, Senior Lecturer

Dr Ilan Baron, Lecturer

Dr Gordon Cheung, Senior Lecturer

Dr Gidon Cohen, Senior Lecturer

Dr Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics

Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson, Lecturer

Prof John Dumbrell, Professor of Government

Prof Anoush Ehteshami, Professor

Prof Shaun Gregory, Professor of International Security

Dr Jeroen Gunning, Reader in Middle East Politics, and Conflict Studies

Prof David Held, Professor

Dr Olli Hellmann, Lecturer in Asian Political Economy

Prof Alice Hills, Professor of Conflict Studies

Prof Clive Jones, Professor of Regional Security

Dr Vincent Keating, Lecturer

Dr Geoff Kennedy, Lecturer

Dr David Kerr, Lecturer

Prof Nicholas Lewer, Professor

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

Dr Ruth Wittlinger, Senior Lecturer

Mr Nazin Zaman, Lecturer

NB: Information contained on the website or in the literature with respect to the fee is correct at the time of publication but the University reserves the right to change the course information or fee at a later date.