MA International Relations

Department of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our new and improved courses give you the chance to learn from the very latest world-leading research into politics.

It’s one of the leading departments for research – but it’s also a very happy place, and you’ll love the experience of studying here.

Winfred Syombua, Student in the Department of Politics

About the course

September 2018 entry

Winfred Syombua, student in the Department of PoliticsCourse description

This new course will help you focus critical theoretical debates, explore the real world in all its complexity and study innovative modules that examine the most urgent issues in world politics and international relations.

You'll deepen your understanding of mainstream approaches and learn about new analytical insights such as the sociological understandings of international relations, critical security studies, non-Western international relations, and intersectionality.

As part of your studies you'll consider both the formal and informal power relationships within global politics, while building an awareness of the importance of cultural and social practices. You'll develop an ability to question some of the assumptions that have traditionally defined the discipline to the exclusion of important issues such as gender, race and class.

Core modules

  • Debating International Relations
  • Understanding Politics
  • Dissertation in International Relations

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Global Security
  • Feminist and Decolonising Approaches to International Relations: Bodies, Coloniality, Knowledge
  • Global Health and Global Politics
  • International Political Sociology of Civil Wars
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • One option module chosen from another course


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars


  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Group work
  • Policy briefing papers

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Part-time study involves the same number of credits and learning hours spread over two academic years.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential will also be encouraged to apply.

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Dr Alasdair Cochrane

Our masters courses are so exciting because you’ll have the opportunity to develop a genuine specialism in your area of study. As researchers it’s a real pleasure to share your latest work – in my case, on the political theory of animal rights – with students who are eager to learn and challenge!

Dr Alasdair Cochrane

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

You'll need to submit a personal statement (at least 300 words) and two academic references.

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Any questions?

If you’d like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Sue Kelk
T: +44 (0)114 222 1642

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.