MA in International Politics

How to applyPolitics and International Relations

About the course

Globalisation and recent wars dramatise the enduring importance of world affairs to government, economics and people’s lives. If you are interested in a career focusing on global politics, this programme is for you. It is aimed at degree-holders with an interest in the theory and practice of world politics.

The degree aims to impart a broad and balanced knowledge of international relations theory at an advanced level. It provides core training in political analysis and methodology of the social sciences; examines contemporary global problems and rival approaches to their solution; and offers specialisation in particular areas such as foreign policy analysis, global society, regional integration, global environmental politics, and strategic and security studies.

This MA prepares graduates for careers in media, academia, non-governmental organisations, international business, research think-tanks and government foreign service.

Key facts

Tuition fees

UK/EU: £6,500 full-time

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £12,800 full-time

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

A min. 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline (such as law, history, sociology, human geography, social policy and strategic studies) or equivalent prior experience will be taken into account.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

Our International Politics programme is made up of core and optional modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will learn up-to-date approaches to international relations studies – through interactive seminars guided by experts in the subject – along with more general skills in writing, research, public speaking and logical analysis.

Modules are themed around;

  • Communications and International Politics
  • Contemporary Terrorism Studies and the Causes of Terrorism
  • Discourses of Civilisation and Barbarism
  • Global Communications, Globalisation and Development
  • Globalisation and Governance in Practice
  • IR Theory: Classical and Post-Classical Approaches
  • IR Theory: Practical Applications and Case Studies
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Nuclear Proliferation and Non-Proliferation
  • Political Economy in Perspective
  • Political Economy of Global Communications
  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • Strategic Studies and Security I
  • Strategic Studies and Security II: Strategy Applied
  • Strategic Thinkers I: Precursors to the Information Age
  • Strategic Thinkers II: The Information Age
  • The Environment in Theory and Practice
  • The EU: National and International Perspectives
  • The EU: Political Integration and Policy Analysis
  • The International Politics of the Environment I: Comparative Perspective
  • The Political Economy of Development
  • Terrorism, Civil Disobedience and Dissent

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

This MA provides students with the expert skills and knowledge for a career in political consultancy, the media, the Civil Service, public relations, political parties, parliament and charities.

Many of our Masters students choose to progress to further study at PhD level. Our staff are research-active with specialisms including: strategic studies; international relations theory; international law; foreign policy; political theory; European integration; and the critique of violence.