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School of Government & International Affairs

MA in International Relations

Within the broad framework of aims and objectives for our MA degrees, this is designed to provide a clear basis of advanced knowledge and understanding of the discipline of international relations linked to a focus on developments in either Europe or the Middle East or Asia. In each case this combines a core of IR theory and methodology to a package of core and option modules relating to the nominated region. The disciplinary and regional focus may then be developed through the researching and writing of the dissertation.

 

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)

 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, including those offered by other routes, OR three plus a module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures:
- 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
- Democracy in the Developing World

2. Europe

Four of the following modules, including those offered by other routes, OR three plus a module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures:
- America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
- Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain since 1850
- 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, including those offered by other routes above, OR three plus a module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures:
- 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
- Studying Hamas
- Approaches to the Study of Modern Muslim Societies
- Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought
- America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
- Democracy in the Developing World

Non-Regional Modules

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

Regulations for this Programme

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

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.