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Politics Degree programme

Start Date
Autumn 2018/January 2019
1 Year Full-Time
2 Years Part-Time
Application Deadline
1 September 2018 (Autumn Start)
1 November 2018 (January Start)
Distance Learning

Politics Degree: MA International Relations Programme Structure


The programme’s curriculum is centered on enhancing students’ understanding of key theories and complex issues in conflict, security and international relations. Through academic excellence and a work based approach, the curriculum aims to offer all the fundamental skills and professional development that future professionals in the field may require.

The first semester includes three compulsory units to ensure you have a solid grounding in the discipline. You will have a greater choice as you progress through the programme when you will be able to choose between an International Relations pathway and an International Conflict and Security pathway. The programme will have a final dissertation which enables you to conduct a piece of supervised research on a topic of your choice.

Our MA programme will introduce you to the setting and dynamics of international relations, with emphasis on contemporary issues and processes. It will provide you with a deep understanding of politics, foreign affairs and conflicts in the modern world, and the challenges and forces that shape these dynamics at the global and domestic levels. It will help you to think critically about political and international events, ideas and institutions.

The module contents are taught by highly experienced academics and constantly reviewed and updated in line with current international developments in foreign affairs and staff research expertise. Speakers and influential professionals from other countries will also be invited to explain in practical details their job, and coach students with a specific interest in that area.


The MA programme includes four core modules:

  • Themes and Issues in International Relations which provides a historical and theoretical analysis of core concepts in international relations as well as a number of immediate and chronic issues in world politics. You’ll learn what has defined IR as a discipline and develop the skills needed to actively engage in the professional discussions that are shaping the contemporary international agenda.
  • International Security which covers a wide range of critical defence and security issues. You’ll gain a deep insight into the diverse dimensions of international security such as war and peace, arms control and conflict prevention, as well as more recent dimensions of security, including the growing importance of cyberspace & international security, the rise of global terrorist networks, environmental security, and humanitarian issues.
  • Research Skills and Dissertation which will support you in identifying a topic and developing plans for your MA dissertation. You’ll learn to judge and evaluate evidence, apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to issues of contemporary significance, maintain a bibliographic database, and structure a large piece of independent work.
  • Dissertation will enable you to undertake a substantial written project relevant to your area of interest. Although you will be allocated a dissertation tutor or supervisor, you’ll need to synthesise knowledge and skills previously gained and apply them to an in-depth study, select from different methodologies, methods and forms of analysis and present the findings of your project in a 10,000-12,000 words dissertation.


You then choose one of the following Pathways: International Relations or International Conflict and Security.

Compulsory Modules for Pathway in International Relations:

  • International Legal Issues
  • Managing the Global Challenge
  • Democracy in Crisis. 1900-2015
  • Imperialism and Culture
  • Prosperity and Poverty

Compulsory Modules for Pathway in International Conflict and Security:

  • Origins and Causes of War
  • Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies
  • Strategy
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Comparative Politics