International Relations MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Many of the issues of international relations have been thrust directly into our everyday lives. This requires us to reflect on them systematically.

Our course takes the exciting and troubling times we live in as its starting point. We use a theoretically grounded approach with a distinctive critical edge to cover the theory and the history of international relations. You examine a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance with students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Why choose this course?

“My MA allowed me to make friends from around the world while developing a critical understanding of core theories, contemporary history and the issues facing humanity today.” Harrison Samphir
International Relations MA

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Pre-Masters

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out about Pre-Masters routes

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at globalstudiespg@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You’ll learn through taught modules and options. There is also a research module – taught as a series of workshops – that gives you professional skills training and prepares you for dissertation research. You may also do a research placement.

You'll be assessed by term papers. You also write a supervised 10,000-word dissertation, or undertake a dissertation with placement.

Field trip

This course offers an optional field trip to Brussels, Belgium or Geneva, Switzerland.

Placements

You can apply to take a placement with this course. On placement, you gain work experience related to your subject and practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience.

The School of Global Studies and the Careers and Employability Centre will help you with your applications.

Find out more about Global Studies postgraduate placements

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid 

Our experts

Dr Andreas Antoniades

Dr Andreas Antoniades

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

debt, discourse theory, Emerging Markets, emerging powers, european political economy, eurozone, Everyday Life, global economic crisis, globalisation, Greece, hegemony, International political economy, Ireland, Michel Foucault, varieties of capitalism

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Dr Shane Brighton

Dr Shane Brighton

Research interests

Diplomacy & International Relations, International theory, Political Philosophy, political sociology, Post-Colonial Studies, Terrorism and political violence, War Studies

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Dr Lara Montesinos Coleman

Dr Lara Montesinos Coleman

Senior Lecturer in International Relations and International Development

Research interests

Continental Philosophy, corporate social responsibility, Critical Legal Theory, Critical Theory and Marxism, Ethics, Gender Studies, Human Rights, International Business and Human Rights, Labour & trade union politics, Michel Foucault, Philosophy of Science, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, Resistance (political), Sociology of knowledge

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Dr Synne Dyvik

Dr Synne Dyvik

Lecturer In International Relations

Research interests

Conflict and violence, Counterinsurgency, Critical Military Studies, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, International security, masculinity, militarisation, Post-structuralist thought, Security studies, War Studies

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Prof Stefan Elbe

Prof Stefan Elbe

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

Biosecurity, Bioterrorism, Global health, Infection, International security, Pandemic Preparedness

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Dr Matthew Ford

Dr Matthew Ford

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

Counterinsurgency, Military Innovation, Military-Technical Change, Organisational Change, Revolution in Military Affairs, Science And Technology Studies, Security studies, Utility of Force, War and Society, War Studies

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Dr Julian Germann

Lecturer In International Relations

Research interests

Finance, global economic crisis, Global Governance, Historical Sociology of IR, International political economy, neoliberalism, Trade, varieties of capitalism

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Dr Kevin Gray

Dr Kevin Gray

Reader in International Relations

Research interests

International political economy

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Dr David Karp

Dr David Karp

Senior Lecturer In International Relations

Research interests

Ethics, Human Rights, International Business and Human Rights, International human rights, International Political Theory, International theory, Law and Responsibility, non-state actors, Political Philosophy, political theory, Security studies, Transnational corporations

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Dr Paul Kirby

Lecturer in International Security

Research interests

Conflict and violence, Feminist theory, gender, gender-based violence, International Political Theory, International security, Philosophy of science & social science, War and violence in international politics, War Studies, Wartime sexual violence

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Dr Samuel Knafo

Dr Samuel Knafo

Senior Lecturer In International Relations

Research interests

Critical Theory, Finance, historical and political sociology, neoliberalism, Political economy

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Dr Kamran Matin

Dr Kamran Matin

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Diplomacy & International Relations, Eurocentrism, International historical sociology, International theory, Iranian Studies, Kurdish Studies, Marxism, Middle East and African history, Nationalism, political Islam

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Prof Peter Newell

Prof Peter Newell

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

Climate change, Energy, Finance

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Dr Louiza Odysseos

Dr Louiza Odysseos

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

Carl Schmitt, Continental Philosophy, Ethics, Human Rights, International theory, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Post-structuralist thought, Resistance (political), Theories of Gender

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Prof Patricia Owens

Prof Patricia Owens

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

Disciplinary History, History and Theory of War, History of International Thought, International theory, Social and political theory, Thought of Hannah Arendt, War Studies, Women's intellectual history

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Dr Fabio Petito

Dr Fabio Petito

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

civilizational analysis, comparative political theory, Contemporary Religion, Geopolitics, Italian Studies, Mediterranean Politics, religion and international relations

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Prof Justin Rosenberg

Prof Justin Rosenberg

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

International Relations, Marxism, Social Theory, Uneven and Combined Development

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Prof Jan Selby

Prof Jan Selby

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

environmental security, Israel-Palestine, Peace processes

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Prof Benjamin Selwyn

Prof Benjamin Selwyn

Professor of International Relations and International Development

Research interests

Theories of development

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Dr Anna Stavrianakis

Dr Anna Stavrianakis

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

arms control, arms trade, militarisation, militarism, War and violence in international politics

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Dr Benno Teschke

Dr Benno Teschke

Reader In International Relations

Research interests

Critical Theory and Marxism, Geopolitics, German Political Thought, Historical Sociology of IR, History and Theory of War, IR Theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, The History of Capitalism

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Prof Cynthia Weber

Prof Cynthia Weber

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

American Studies, citizenship, Critical Gender Studies, Feminist International Relations, Film and International Relations, Intervention, Poststructuralist International Relations, Queer International Relations, Sovereignty

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Prof Rorden Wilkinson

Prof Rorden Wilkinson

Professor of Global Political Economy

Research interests

Development, Global Governance, International Relations, World trade

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Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 877686 
globalstudiespg@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Global Studies

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

This course is for you if you’re hoping to go on to postgraduate research, or a professional career in international relations or international affairs. We’ll help you identify study placements in these fields.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • government foreign and defence ministries
  • international organisations such as the UN
  • NGOs such as Oxfam, CAFOD, Amnesty International and the Red Cross
  • international development organisations such as World Bank
  • international media or journalism
  • academia and research institutes.

Graduate destinations

95% of students from the Department of International Relations were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent students have gone on to roles including:

  • intern, International Rescue Committee
  • public international assistant, United Nations Environmental Programme
  • trainee, Council of Europe.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

“It developed my ability to think critically and debate intelligently. I can ask questions and offer my informed opinion with confidence.” Pippa BatesPerformance Projects Office, VSO

Foundations of World Politics

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides you with a critical historical perspective on the modern international system. We shall be reflecting on three key themes, each of which is in its own way central to historicising the world we live in today.

First there is the theme of origins: when did the modern international system originate? Was it in 1492 with the European discoveries which for the first time linked up all the major civilizations? Was it in 1648, when the Peace of Westphalia, according to many, first established a sovereign states-system? Or was it in the 1780s, when the coinciding industrial and French revolutions set in train the forces of industrialisation, nationalism, republicanism and total war? The three dates are symbolic but the choice between them is not: as Barraclough suggests, which one you choose determines what you think the most significant characteristics of modern international relations are, and even your view of what modern world history has been about.

The second theme considers the expansion of this modern system into the historically unprecedented global system of today. We cannot do this comprehensively, but by looking at 19th-century European imperialism as well as the responses of some countries which escaped direct colonial rule we can identify some key dynamics of what might be called the modern international historical process.

Finally, no attempt to understand international relations today can avoid reflection on the enormous crisis of the 20th century with its world wars, revolutions and global ideological conflicts. Historical controversy continues to rage over all of these: can they be understood primarily at the geopolitical level as a series of great power conflicts over hegemonic succession? Were they the inevitable result of contradictions and dynamics inherent in modern capitalist society?

Or is it rather the international unevenness of industrialisation or modernisation which explains the extended period of crisis which so recently ended (or did it)? In the end, we cannot fully understand the present as history if only because the story of the present is still being made. But we can try to think historically about the present, to draw conclusions about the nature of the overall historical process in which we are all caught up. And that is what this module is designed to help you to do.

International Relations Theory

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module introduces you to the major theories of international relations. We will investigate the historical context in which these theories emerged, which aspects of international affairs they focus on and how they explain international politics. We will tease out the strengths and weaknesses of these theories and identify their respective conceptions of international relations in theory and practice. The module provides a 'map' of international thought which enables you to identify your own and others positions and to reflect on your theoretical and political implications.

Research Methods and Professional Skills (IR)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to their dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs, depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques, and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning, and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare those students planning to take a work placement over summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

Dissertation (International Relations)

  • 45 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides you taking the programme with the opportunity to complete under expert supervision a dissertation on a topic of your choosing relevant to the course themes. The subject will be chosen in consultation with the Programme Convenor. You will embark on preparation of the dissertation following completion of the Research Methods and Professional Skills module and submission of a research outline. A desk-based or original empirical study will be undertaken, enabling you to pursue in-depth research on an aspect of international relations.

East Asia and the International System

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module enables you to gain an understanding of the rise of East Asia in the international political economy from the early 20th century until the present. You will critically examine East Asian development from within the context of broader geopolitical rivalries, and seek to explore how these rivaliries have shaped the transformations taking place in the region.

We will begin by historicising the recent transformations in East Asia and contextualising them within the longer purview of world history. We will examine the legacies of both European and Japanese imperialisms, followed by the role of the Cold War and of US hegemony in the region. As part of this historical survey, varying analytical frameworks and debates concerning late development and the rise of capitalism in the region will be examined and contextualised, including neoclassical economics, structural institutionalism, neo-Marxist theories of development such as dependency theory, and debates surrounding international versus comparative political economy.

We will also examine the post-war emergence of 'developmental state' forms in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and the developmental and geopolitical context of the these states will be contrasted with those of Southeast Asia. The question of the so-called 'rise of China' and its implications for the regional and international political economy will be addressed, and one session will be devoted to the transformations of labour-capital relations in the region. We will also examine the causes and consequences of the East Asian economic and financial crisis, and will be end by exploring whether the centre of power in the international political is shifting from the West to Asia.

Environment, Resources, Security

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You explore the impact of environmental change and the distribution of natural resources on the global landscape of conflict and security.

You combine reflections on the major theoretical approaches to environmental and resource security, with case studies and comparative analysis of specific present-day environmental and resource challenges.

Environmental security issues remain relatively marginal within International Relations and security studies. Ultimately the module asks: is this marginalisation at all warranted?

Foreign Policy Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

What is foreign policy and what is 'foreign' about it? Does foreign policy still matter in an age of globalization? Who acts in foreign policy, for what purpose and in whose name? In this module we will analyse foreign policy as a crucial political site of agency and choice in today's international relations. The module will draw on classical and critical foreign policy analysis literature to locate the study of foreign policy firmly within the domain of international relations and redefine its political, strategic and normative boundaries. The theoretical study of how and why foreign policy is made will be complemented with an analysis of historical and contemporary foreign policy case studies and an in-class practical simulation exercise.

Global Politics of Disease and Biosecurity

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The importance of global health issues has traditionally been overlooked in the discipline of international relations. Today, however, globalisation processes are fanning the emergence of a host of pervasive diseases - ranging from infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS through to lifestyle diseases including cancer and obesity - that states, international institutions, and non-governmental organisations are urgently trying to come to grips with. The AIDS pandemic alone continues to kill three times more people every day than died as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

You will begin to theorise the ways in which diseases and globalisation are becoming increasingly linked, and analyses the various economic, political, social, legal, and security challenges that diseases pose for contemporary world politics. You will then evaluate the competing mainstream and critical approaches to global governance, paying particular attention to how they conceptualise health issues. Important questions you woll address include: how can global diseases be effectively governed in an international system divided into sovereign states? What are the political processes and economic interests driving the global governance of disease? And what, finally, are the complex ethical issues involved in responding to global health crises?

Global Queer

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module seeks to provide you with a comprehensive and sophisticated appreciation of the importance of queer work and queer practices in world politics. These include knowledge of different approaches to queer theory and sexuality studies and how these bear on understandings of international relations theory and practices in world politics. The kinds of questions to be investigated are: What is 'queer' and how has 'queer' been understood and explained by the discipline of IR? How and in what ways are 'sexuality' and 'queer' constituted as domains of international political practice and mobilised so that they bear on questions of state and nation formation, war and peace, and global political economy? And how does the discipline of IR grapple with 'queer' and 'sexuality studies' work? Topics to be investigated include analysing how 'heteronormativity' and 'homonormativity' function in relation to questions of hegemony, nationalism, migration, military recruiting, military intervention and its justifications, and neoliberal development projects. We will also consider how 'queer trouble-making' - as a political practice in world politics and as a scholarly practice within the discipline of international relations - might begin to change the relationships amongst queer work, sexuality studies, and international relations.

Human Rights in International Relations

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

On this module you will examine the process of internationalisation of human rights and the main factors that underpin that process, including the nature of the international order, the relationship between human rights and sovereignty of states, and the problematic of intervention and redistribution. You will contrast the use of human rights as instruments of foreign policy with the involvement of international non-governmental organisations. You will examine both the global and the regional legal, and contrast questions of cultural hegemony with those that claim legitimate cultural autonomy.

Irregular Warfare

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module aims to provide you with a strong foundation in the conceptual, strategic and ethical issues related to irregular warfare. While looking at in-depth historical case studies of irregular warfare, the module will reveal how varieties of irregular warfare have risen to prominence during the 20th century. This module will, in particular, trace the evolutionary phases of insurgency and counter-insurgency from the Maoist version of the 'people's war' in China to the development of global jihad.

The module will particularly focus on the dilemmas and problems that conventional militaries have faced in trying to adapt to irregular warfare and explore the issue of whether or not the military is the ideal instrument in defeating insurgencies. This module, furthermore, aims to familiarise you with the sub-types of irregular warfare. It is useful to have a basic knowledge of 20th-century history, as this will comprise some of the case study subject matter discussed in this seminar, but this is not indispensable as background readings will be provided for any of the cases examined.

Militarism and its Discontents

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module seeks to revitalise the concepts of militarism and the world military order as fruitful means of understanding and explaining organised violence and its preparation in contemporary international politics.

Historically, we will examine colonial and Cold War legacies, and theoretically we will address the problem of Eurocentrism and questions around how to conceptualise the world military order, drawing on theoretical resources from within and without the discipline of IR as we do so.

Empirically, we will challenge the new wars and failed/fragile states argument through cases such a Sudan and the DRC, explore the gendered distinction between war and domestic violence through a focus on the gender dynamics of gun violence, and re-read the War on Terror through the international politics of drone warfare in the Middle East.

Through these and other cases we will seek to connect up seemingly disparate cases of violence and weaponry in a single analytical frame of militarism and the world military order.

Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module examines peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction within the context of transformations and continuities in international politics. This involves:

  • Analysing a number of individual peace processes and post-war reconstruction efforts, in each case examining them in their full local specificity, as well as within the context of international (or global) political, economic and social transformations;
  • Undertaking some comparative analysis of these individual peace processes and post-war reconstruction efforts, again within the context of international (or global) change;
  • Considering, at a more general level, how and why practices of peacemaking have changed over time, and been structured by broader patterns of politics and society, ie.undertaking an international historical sociology of peacemaking;
  • Considering, conversely, how practices and experiences of peacemaking have contributed to the shaping and reshaping of international orders;
  • Analysing peace processes and reconstruction through the lens of theoretical debates in peace studies, conflict resolution, international relations and global political economy.

Political Economy of Global Finance

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The main aim of this module is to help you build a systematic understanding of the political and social foundations of global financial markets, their operations and impacts on the world economy. You focuse on the problem of speculation, examining the various ways in which it has evolved and contributed to the development of finance. The module addresses questions such as: why do financial bubbles emerge? What type of practices sustains them? What are the different forms of speculative finance? This focus on speculation will serve to highlight the specificity of American finance and its role in redefining the political economy of advanced capitalist countries. After a theoretical and historical review, the module discusses various aspects of the process of financialisation and its social consequences. This provides an opportunity for familiarising you with various financial markets such as stock markets, derivative markets, housing markets, consumer credit, etc.

Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module explores the implications of the `return' of religions, cultures and civilisations for world politics and for thinking about international relations. Many sociologists and philosophers have interpreted this return as the end of modernity or the de-secularisation of the world. For our purpose, the module will primarily focus on the renewed centrality of cultural, religious and civilisational identities as strategic frames of reference for politics in the post-Cold War world.

Against the background of the growing multicultural nature of contemporary international society resulting from what Hedley Bull has aptly termed the 'revolt against the West', we will try to problematise the implicit and predominant reading of religion in international relations as the ultimate threat to international order and stability, especially in the forms of the identity politics of the `new wars' and the terrorist attacks of religious fundamentalists. We will engage critically with Huntington's thesis of the 'clash of civilisations' by providing a more in depth discussion of the possible meaning and role of civilisations, civilizational identities and civilizational analysis in international relations. Finally, we will discuss the implications of this return for the future of the normative structure and world order of contemporary international society.

Rethinking Imperialism

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module examines the historical practices and theoretical debates on imperialism. You set out the problems and issues raised in the current revival of the term imperialism in relation to contemporary world politics. You discuss classical conceptions of imperialism drawing on Marx, Weber, Schumpeter, Lenin, Luxemburg, Kautsky, etc whose writings informed the evolution, past and present, of the debate. This establishes the fundamental theoretical parameters of the topic. We study different practices of imperialism in historical context from the early modern colonial empires, via British free trade imperialism, to fascist imperial autarchy. Each session combines historical survey readings with influential contemporaneous and contemporary interpretations of the period we study. This will establish the intellectual resources, empirical and theoretical, towards an assessment of the current debates and forms of neo-imperialism, notably in relation to US policy. What can the history of imperialism and its rich theoretical discourse teach us about the causes, nature, and consequences of neo-imperialism in current world politics?

Russia and Eurasia in International Politics

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module explores the international politics of post-Soviet Russia, in its interaction with the former Soviet space and the wider world. After a period of relative decline in the 1990s, Russia has more recently been described as ‘rising Great Power’ and developments involving Russia have returned to the news – from ‘gas wars’ to the conflict between Russia and Georgia, to the ‘democratic revolutions’ in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan and the repercussions these had for relations between Russia, the EU and NATO.

At the same time, there continue to be dramatic swings in the relationship between Russia and the West. While the last few years have seen talk of a ‘new Cold War’ between Russia and the West, Obama’s re-orientation towards Russia means relations are once again in flux. And Russia has now re-gained the confidence to act beyond its immediate sphere of influence – expressed in its quest for a ‘multipolar world order’, its engagement with China, and the influence it exerts in the Iran issue.

All these are developments with implications for Western Europe and beyond, touching on traditional and new security issues alike, and shedding light on the implications of Western democracy promotion and the role of norms and identity in contemporary global politics.

This module will investigate the background for and current issues in Russia’s foreign and security policy, in relation to the Near and the Far abroad – and of course, the way in which these spheres are increasingly intertwined. Among other things, we will discuss Russia’s status as Great Power, the ‘colour revolutions’ in Ukraine and Georgia and the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia, relations with NATO and the US, the question of Europe’s ‘energy security’ and its relations with Russia, and what has been called the ‘new Great Game’ between Russia, China and the US in Central Asia.

Sex and Violence

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Sex and Death in Global Politics  explores the multiple connections between gender and violence in contemporary international politics in historical and theoretical perspective. War and other forms of collective violence seem to be everywhere in world affairs, but it has often been commented that the many manifestations of gender are less visible. At times aspects of gender violence (such as war rape) seem to enter into the realm of academic International
Relations, whilst other questions (such as the inclusion of homosexuals in the military) have relevance for public policy and national culture. But many other issues (such as media representations of gender violence, the continuum between 'peace' and 'war' violence, or the connection between armies and prostitution) are more commonly discussed within sociology, political theory and history. This module will examine a broad range of such questions from an inter-disciplinary angle, with a particular stress on theoretical perspectives and academicpolitical controversies.

Topics will include:

gender in war and society; the intersection of race, class, and gender in collective violence; military masculinity; women at war and the question of the 'feminine' in the perpetration of violence; wartime sexual violence; genocide and 'gendercide'; sex industries and violence; homosexuality and military culture (including queer theory perspectives and recent debates about 'pink-washing' and 'homonationalism'); feminism, anti-feminism and gender studies in the academy; gender and the ethics of war; and gender violence in popular culture.

Terror, Security and the State in Global Politics

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module offers an advanced level introduction to terrorism, state terror and security in global political context. Attending to case studies, academic literatures and primary sources the curriculum is divided into two sections. The first, 'Studying Terror: Conceptual Issues', offers a thematic exploration of terrorism and state terror, considering their historical development in modern societies; relation to other forms of organised violence; some of the animating ideas historically associated with the use of terror for political purposes; the phenomenon of `suicide terrorism' and the ideas, organisations and practices used by states in their efforts to counter terrorism. The second section, 'Cases and Contexts', situates terrorism and state terror within the changing context of state power, international and global politics, exploring the historical and contemporary relations between them.

The Middle East in Global Order

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The Middle East is almost constantly in the news. From Israel and the West Bank to Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the region is at once a byword for political instability, and a recurring site of Western political and military interventions. This module explores some of the political, economic and cultural dynamics that lie behind the crisis-ridden headlines. You examine the emergence of the Middle East from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and the specificities of the modern state-formation processes in the Middle East. You study the interplay of the international and domestic factors in the Middle Eastern states and societies looking at their political economies and patterns of development. You critically investigate the problems of authoritarianism and democratic change in the Middle East. The module also engages in more in depth analysis of some important contemporary phenomena in the Middle East such as political Islam, The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraq War, and the 'Arab Spring'.


We start by examining some key methodological and theoretical debates in the study of the Middle East. We then move on to consider the processes of modern state formation and the legacies of (neo)colonialism and imperialism. We then consider the impacts of neo-liberalism on Middle Eastern polities and economies, international (geo)political economy of the region with special reference to oil, and the theme of human development including gender issues in the Middle East. We then examine some key political forms and forces, including the authoritarian 'rentier' state, processes of democratisation and liberalisation, and political Islam. The final part of the course concentrates on three particularly important issues in contemporary Middle East: the causes and consequences of the Iranian Revolution and the 'Arab Spring', Arab-Israeli conflicts, and the Iraq War.

The Political Economy of Development

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module examines the political economy of development, focusing on how changes at the international level affect developing countries' national-level strategies for interaction with and integration into the global economy. You will focus on the performance of the world economy as a whole, and on international systems for production, trade, finance, including the principles and rules upon which interaction on a world scale is based. You will consider how countries and firms are integrated into the world system and the barriers and opportunities they face in upgrading and moving up the global income ladder. You will examine how labour has been affected by, and affects, the process of globalisation, and in contrast to most thinking in international political economy, address these issues from the perspective of the low and middle-income countries.

You will gain an understanding of how less developed countries (LDC) have been, and are being integrated into the world system, consider how the nature of the world system influences the form of integration, and discuss alternative forms of integration that lead to more favourable developmental outcomes for LDC's.

The Politics of Brexit

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You cover three areas:

  • the process and politics that led to the referendum decision for the UK to exit the European Union
  • the process of Brexit
  • the implications and ramifications of the post-Brexit context.

In the course of this module some key issues will be covered (such as trade, immigration, foreign policy). You also consider Brexit from three perspectives: the UK, the EU and wider international politics.

Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)

  • 45 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is designed to allow you to apply theories and concepts, as well as practical and research skills learned during the MA programme, to a work context in the UK or internationally. It takes the form of a 12-week work placement with an organisation working in a field relevant to the degree programme, normally undertaken from May-July after assessments on other courses are completed.

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