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M1K607 International Studies MA Postgraduate Taught  2016


UCAS code M1K607
Degree MA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 03-10-2016
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5656

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:

  • Research Methods and Dissertation Production
  • Model United Nations
  • Dissertation.

Optional Modules:

Optional modules in previous years have included:

  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • German Foreign Policy
  • Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe
  • Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Since 1850
  • Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought
  • European Security
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
  • Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation
  • Just War in Political Theory and Practice
  • 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
  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis
  • Theories of Capitalism
  • A module offered by the School of Modern Languages.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Requirements and Admissions

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,000.00
Home Student £7,000.00
Island Student £7,000.00
International non-EU Student £15,700.00

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Government and 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.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

School of Government and International Affairs


Durham’s School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) combines a long tradition of expertise in a wide range of fields in politics, political theory, political economy, and international relations with a depth of specialisms in regional expertise – Europe, East Asia, USA, the Middle East and wider Muslim world. SGIA provides an exceptional environment for learning, training and research.

We have a thriving cosmopolitan student community, currently there are students from over 50 different countries studying here. Our postgraduate community is substantial with over 100 students taking our Taught Masters courses in 2014/15.


71% of the department’s research is either Internationally Excellent’ (3*) or World Leading (4*) – the top two categories in REF 2014.