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School of Government & International Affairs

MA in International Relations

Can you imagine 14 people in a class and 10 of them are of different nationalities ... I think this course has opened my mind and helped me grasp the true meaning of negotiations and exchange of minds

Anne Sauze (French), MA IR (Europe)

Aim

To provide a sound theoretical basis for the study of International Relations at an advanced level, allied to a specialisation in either Europe or East Asia or the Middle East.

Note: all modules are 15 credits apart from the dissertation, 75 credits

Core modules

International Theory
Methodology in the Social Sciences
Research Methods and Dissertation Production
Dissertation (15,000 words)

Further modules (details)

1. East Asia

Four of the following modules, or three plus a module from another route:
- The East Asian Strategic Quadrangle
- Region, Nation and Citizen in Southeast Asia 
- Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China
- America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy 
- Political Economy and Development of Chinese Business

2. Europe

Four of the following modules, or three plus a module from another route:
- America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
- European Institutions and the Policy Process
- European Security
- Collective Memory and Identity in Postwar Europe
- The European Union as a Global Actor
- German Foreign Policy

3. Middle East

Four from the following modules, or three plus a module from another route:
- International Relations and Security in the Middle East
- Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East
- The Political Economy of the Development in the Middle East
- Islamic Political Economy
- Islamic Law and Financial Transactions
- Islamic Banking and Finance
- Islam and Politics: Issues in Contemporary Muslim Thought
- America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy

Non-Regional Modules

- Just War in Political Theory and Practice
- Human Rights
- Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation

Assessment

This MA is assessed by a combination of a dissertation mark (50%); and course work (essays), and some modules have an examination component (50%).  See module outlines for individual assessment information.

Regulations for this Programme

MA International Relations choose from the full list of programmes offered by the School.

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