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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The MSc by Research Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics enables students to pursue a one year individual programme of research. The Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics programme would normally terminate after a year. However, under appropriate circumstances, this first year of research can also be used in a progression to Year 2 of a PhD degree.

As a student of the Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics programme you will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work.

Swansea is a research led University to which the Physics department makes a significant contribution, meaning that as a postgraduate Physics student you will benefit from the knowledge and skills of internationally renowned academics.

The Department received top ratings of 4* and 3* in the 2008 RAE, which classified our research as World-leading or Internationally excellent in terms of its originality, significance and rigour.

Links with Industry

Our two research groups, Particle Physics Theory (PPT) and Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics (AMQP), deliver impact with commercial benefits both nationally and internationally, complemented by a public engagement programme with a global reach.

Economic impacts are realised by the Department’s Analytical Laser Spectroscopy Unit (ALSU) which, since 1993, has worked with companies developing products eventually sold to customers in the nuclear power industry and military, both in the UK and overseas, and in the global aerospace industry. Computational particle physics work performed by the PPT group has spun-off a computer benchmarking tool, BSMBench, used by several leading software outfits, and has led to the establishment of a start-up company.

The AMQP group’s work on trapping and investigating antihydrogen has generated great media interest and building on this we have developed a significant and on-going programme of public engagement. Activities include the development of a bespoke software simulator (Hands on Antihydrogen) of the antimatter experiment for school students.

Facilities

As a postgraduate Cold Atoms and Quantum Optics student in the Department of Physics you will have access to the following Specialist Facilities:

Low-energy positron beam with a high field superconducting magnet for the study of
positronium
CW and pulsed laser systems
Scanning tunnelling electron and nearfield optical microscopes
Raman microscope
CPU parallel cluster
Access to the IBM-built ‘Blue C’ Super computer at Swansea University and is part of the shared use of the teraflop QCDOC facility based in Edinburgh

Research

The Physics Department carries out world-leading research in experimental and theoretical physics.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that over 80% of the research outputs from both the experimental and theoretical groups were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Research groups include:

AMQP Group

The Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group comprises academic staff, postdoctoral officers and postgraduate research students. Its work is supported by grants from EPSRC, the EU, The Royal Society, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and various industrial and government sources. There are two main fields of research: Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics and Nanoscale Physics.

PPT Group

The Particle Physics Theory Group has fourteen members of staff, in addition to postdoctoral officers and research students. It is the fourth largest particle physics theory group in the UK, and is supported mainly by STFC, but also has grants from EPSRC, the EU, Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust. The group recently expanded by hiring two theoretical cosmologists (Ivonne Zavala and Gianmassimo Tasinato). There are five main fields of research: Quantum Field Theory, Strings, Lattice Field Theory, Beyond the Standard Model Physics and Theoretical Cosmology.

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This degree will provide a comprehensive analysis of contemporary international relations in the post-Cold War period. Read more

Course Description

This degree will provide a comprehensive analysis of contemporary international relations in the post-Cold War period. By taking this course you will have the opportunity to study a range of international issues but especially to investigate whether international relations in the post-Cold War period has been founded upon a Western model of 'World Order'.

The course will introduce you to differing concepts of order in the post-Cold War world. It will enable you to think critically about the nature of international relations: about the extent to which Western interests, institutions and culture dominate the world system and the challenges and responses generated by that dominance. The course focuses on both theoretical and empirical approaches to this subject.

You will complete one core module which will critically examine the means by which the West maintains its concept of 'Order'. You can then choose three option modules which, along with your dissertation, allow you to specialise in areas that interest you or complement your professional goals.

As well as equipping you with a detailed understanding of contemporary international relations, this degree will develop your ability to think both analytically and critically and to produce reasoned arguments encompassing your increased knowledge and understanding of the issues.

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit your study around existing commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Course Structire

Current students take 1 core module, Post-Cold War World Order, choose 3 option modules (from about 19) and complete a 12-15,000 word dissertation.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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This degree will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of contemporary international relations. Read more
This degree will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of contemporary international relations. By taking this course you will have the opportunity to study a range of international issues, and to investigate whether international relations in the post-Cold War period have been founded upon a Western model of 'World Order'.

The course will introduce you to differing concepts of order in the post-Cold War world. It will enable you to think critically about the nature of international relations: about the extent to which Western interests, institutions and culture dominate the world system and the challenges and responses generated by that dominance. The course focuses on both theoretical and empirical approaches to this subject.

You will complete one core module which will critically examine the means by which the West maintains its concept of 'Order'. You can then choose three option modules, which, along with your dissertation, allow you to specialise in areas that interest you or complement your professional goals.

As well as equipping you with a detailed understanding of contemporary international relations this degree will develop your ability to think both analytically and critically and to produce reasoned arguments encompassing your increased knowledge and understanding of the issues. It will also develop your practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, verbal and written communication, and presenting and planning.

Course Structure

Post-Cold War World Order
Dissertation
PLUS 3 option modules from approximately 19

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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This course has been established in recognition of the way that concerns about the relationship between security and development have increasingly guided policy action and academic analysis on a range of issues in the post-Cold War era. Read more
This course has been established in recognition of the way that concerns about the relationship between security and development have increasingly guided policy action and academic analysis on a range of issues in the post-Cold War era. Indeed, the merger of security and development is generally considered to be one of the defining features of the post-Cold War security debate.

Indeed, the merger of security and development is generally considered to be one of the defining features of the post-Cold War security debate. For supporters, this conceptual merger has been central to the success of recent campaigns to raise aid, eliminate debt, address global ills such as landmines and promote human security inside weak and post-conflict states in particular. For critics, the linking of development and security has unduly securitised the representation of a range of developing world actors and has legitimised a variety of quasi-imperial Western interventions ranging from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan to pervasive programmes of economic, political and societal reform inside formerly sovereign states.

This course draws on the work of Peace Studies staff who have made important contributions to the academic and policy debates on the securitisation of development, the relationship between intervention, peacebuilding and the liberal peace and explored alternative models of both security and development. The course is particularly distinctive because it reflects both the critical approach to analysis of the security-development nexus adopted by staff involved in delivering this programme whilst also drawing on the extensive experience of staff in providing policy advice to a range of governments and other agencies.

For more information about the part time version of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.brad.ac.uk/study/courses/info/conflict-security-and-development-ma-part-time

Why Bradford?

The MA is located in Peace Studies, a Rotary International recognised centre of expertise for teaching and research on peace and conflict issues.

Modules

Core modules
-Fragile States and the Security-Development Nexus
-Introduction to Peace Studies
-Natural Resource Governance, Conflict and Co-operation
-Dissertation project in a topic of your (choice related to Conflict, Security and Development)

Option modules
-Conflict Resolution Theory
-International Politics and Security Studies
-Introduction to African Politics
-Gender, Conflict and Development
-Africa Study Visit
-African Security Studies
-Cities in Conflict
-Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
-Regional and Global Security Politics
-The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy
-Framing the Middle East
-Sustainable Tourism Development

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Graduates typically follow careers in education, diplomacy, government, work with non-governmental organisations, in journalism and in peace-related work.

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How is the global financial crisis affecting international politics?. Do foreign military interventions in civil wars help or hinder peace-making?. Read more
How is the global financial crisis affecting international politics?

Do foreign military interventions in civil wars help or hinder peace-making?

Why are economic resources so unevenly spread across the world, and what are the prospects for global justice?

If you are interested in these questions, and want to know more, then the PGCert in International Relations is the programme for you. Staff in the School have internationally recognised research strengths in the politics of the developing world, globalisation and development, conflict and war, and critical theory, as well as regional expertise in South America, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This programme:

Will provide you with a set of cutting-edge analytical skills and knowledge that will allow you to think talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as providing a firm foundation for further study
Is concerned with analysing the key theoretical and empirical issues in international relations
Will discuss the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in international relations, including state sovereignty and international order, conflict and war, human rights and the political economy of North-South relations
Will undertake a critical survey of the main theories and concepts associated with the study of international politics.

Why study with us?

The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary was rated amongst the top 20 Politics departments in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The MA in International Relations will be of particular interest to students looking for a course on contemporary global issues. The school has particular strengths in international security, conflict and war, the political economy of North-South relations, international political theory, Middle East politics, and the transition from the Cold War to the contemporary post-Cold War world.

"...The knowledge gained here will give me the required grounding to excel in my chosen field"
Gloria Caleb

* Cutting-edge critical programme � theory included, with a real focus on developing students' critical thinking and analytical skills
* A focus on the traditional geographic areas of international relations as well as emerging areas of interest in the developing world
* This programme is led by research active staff, who are responding to the very latest global events, so content is very timely
* The diversity of our staff and students, and the local area, mean that Queen Mary is a great place to study International Relations
* The programme is very flexible, so you can choose from a large number of modules, depending on your interests

Facilities

You will have access to postgraduate only facilities which include the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre dedicated solely to the use of graduate students in the faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences, with the use of a common room and interdisciplinary training workshops. The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary's comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

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The University of Sunderland has the largest glass and ceramics department in Europe. ‌This course is for people who want to develop a specialism in glass, making use of the outstanding facilities at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. Read more
The University of Sunderland has the largest glass and ceramics department in Europe.

Course overview

‌This course is for people who want to develop a specialism in glass, making use of the outstanding facilities at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. We don’t require previous study of glass, but most students have experience in a subject related to art and design.

This course will help you develop a synergy of creative ideas and technical skills. You might focus on one of the three main areas: hot glass, kiln glass, or architectural glass - or combine approaches, and in doing so establish yourself as a professional glass artist. You will be using world-class facilities, and have access to 26 glass kilns, a state-of-the-art water-jet cutter, a hot glass workshop, two cold working studios, a glass mould-making workshop, architectural glass studio and glass and ceramics print studio.

We do not have a ‘house style’; instead, you will be encouraged and supported to develop your own focus. You will be encouraged to develop your independent creativity, improve your technical skills through expert support, and develop academic skills in research and communication.

During the course, we encourage you to develop your personal practice through studio work, critical studies, professional practice, research, critiques, analysis and questioning.

You’ll be joining the largest glass and ceramics department in Europe, made up of an international team of creative and experienced educators and practitioners. All academic staff on this course are engaged in professional practice or research, and tutors’ specialisms include glassblowing, print for glass, kiln forming, and digital fabrication methods.

Sunderland also hosts the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG), which promotes and facilitates glass research, develops new working methods and informs teaching. The IIRG has a lively visiting speaker programme of invited professional artists and curators, and also organises conferences, master classes, exhibitions and specialist training.

This course can also be taken part time - for more information, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/artsdesignandmedia/postgraduate/glass-part-time/

Course content

The content of the course is shaped by your personal interests with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors.

Modules on this course include:
Glass 1
-Glass – Self-negotiated Project (20 Credits)
-Studio Work (20 Credits)
-Critical Studies (20 Credits)

Glass 2
-Glass – Self-negotiated Project (20 Credits)
-Studio Work (20 Credits)
-Critical Studies (20 Credits)

Glass 3
-Glass - Exhibition and Contextual Report (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, critiques, workshops and practical demonstrations. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds. You will also have high levels of contact with tutors who give regular feedback and support.

We organise field trips so that you can experience international work in your field. Destinations include cities such as Prague, Berlin and New York.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has the largest glass and ceramics department in Europe, with one of the world’s best-equipped studios for creative glassmaking.

Facilities for this course include:
-26 glass kilns, including a large glass casting kiln
-Hot glass workshop with international-quality equipment
-Glass mould-making workshop
-Cold working studio for sandblasting, cutting, grinding and polishing
-Architectural glass studio
-Printing facility for glass, ceramics and other surfaces
-Water-jet machine/Computer Aided Design
-Lampworking workshop
-Computer suite and project space
-Project and exhibition space
-Multi-function creative and social space
-Arts and Design Library

Journals and research
We subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date articles. Some of the most important sources for your course are:
-Key Glass and Ceramics magazines and journals
-Art Full Text + Art Abstracts, which is a major resource for arts information
-Design and Applied Arts Index, which covers journals featuring both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences

National Glass Centre
The Glass and Ceramics Department is based in the National Glass Centre, a nationally recognised glass production and exhibition centre with a world-class programme of creative projects.

Studying here puts you at the heart of an international network of professionals in the glass sector. You will be exposed to the latest ways of working through visiting artists and designers, and you can become involved in exhibitions that help launch your career.

Employment & careers

Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for roles throughout the creative industries.

Many recent Sunderland glass graduates are now working as independent artists with their own workshops and are successful practitioners of glass art around the world.

Our graduates exhibit in venues such as the British Glass Biennale, SOFA Chicago, the European Glass Context, COLLECT at Saatchi Gallery, and the Bombay Sapphire Prize in Milan, and they have been published in texts including Contemporary Glass (Black Dog) and Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review.

Some graduates have moved on to lecturing positions at universities around the world or have chosen to move into other areas, including ceramics, painting, sculpture, jewellery, architecture, interior design, engineering and photography.

During the course we encourage you to gain industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability. This experience can take the form of working on live commissions, entering competitions and exhibiting work in public exhibitions.

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Identity and comparison are the stuff of politics in the 21st Century. They are key concepts in the School’s long-running MA programme in Comparative Ethnic Conflict. Read more
Identity and comparison are the stuff of politics in the 21st Century. They are key concepts in the School’s long-running MA programme in Comparative Ethnic Conflict. Ever since the end of the Cold War, ethnic conflicts have loomed large in the reporting of political developments around the world, although many of the world’s most intractable ethnic conflicts long pre-date the the Cold War. Admittedly, they have become more visible as a result of disappearance of conflict between the super-Powers as the prism though which all political developments tended to be viewed when fear of a nuclear holocaust was real.

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This MSc provides an introduction to advanced study in American history both to students who plan to embark on doctoral work and to students who simply want to spend a year pursuing intellectual interests developed as undergraduates. Read more

Programme description

This MSc provides an introduction to advanced study in American history both to students who plan to embark on doctoral work and to students who simply want to spend a year pursuing intellectual interests developed as undergraduates.

The programme is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, both chronological and thematic. It draws on the wide range of American historical expertise available in the School.

You'll enrich your skills in independent research and gain an in-depth understanding of the key topics and historiographical debates of this young nation’s dynamic past, from the American Revolution to the Cold War.

The programme offers a challenging academic experience, particularly for those who wish to combine a small-scale research project with specialist methodological, theoretical, historical and historiographical training. You will attain a level of expertise and knowledge that will enable you to embark upon independent research at an advanced level in American history.

You'll be part of a vibrant research culture, one that encourages collaboration and includes regular lectures, seminars, and other events involving leading American historians.

The impressive resources of the University’s Main Library and the National Library of Scotland, home to one of the UK’s largest collections of Americana, will be on hand.

Programme structure

You’ll take two semesters of seminar-style courses in small groups. You will then apply your independent research skills in developing your own dissertation, under the supervision of our academic staff. This is your chance to be creative; our breadth of historical expertise means we’re open to almost any feasible area of interest.

Compulsory courses:
Historical Methodology
Historical Research: Skills and Sources
Themes in American Historiography

Option courses:
British Emigration, 1603–1914
Calvinist Theology and Piety in Britain and America, c1590–1660
Intellectual History of the American Revolution
American Foreign Policy
Slavery in the British Atlantic World, 1650–1834
The Civil Rights Movement
The United States and the Cold War
Conservatism in the United States, c1930–c1990

Career opportunities

The programme equips you to go on to advanced study. Equally, a graduate degree from Edinburgh will be respected by employers in many fields.

The combination of skills training courses, specialised seminars, and independent research provides you with a broad range of transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose.

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This comprehensive programme places you among one of the largest group of historians in any British university, providing a stimulating environment in which to further your interest in practically any era of history. Read more

Programme description

This comprehensive programme places you among one of the largest group of historians in any British university, providing a stimulating environment in which to further your interest in practically any era of history.

Our breadth of expertise allows you to pursue studies in everything from Medieval Scotland or revolutionary America to the Cold War or Renaissance Italy, from modern China and Japan to India or postcolonial Africa, all in the inspirational setting of Scotland’s historic capital.

We’ll help you to develop a specialised knowledge and understanding of history and its central issues, examine historical sources, evaluate existing research, and work towards a specialised research project of your own.

You’ll also take part in a rich programme of events featuring our renowned academic staff and distinguished visitors from all over the world.

Programme structure

This programme is taught through a combination of small-group seminars and tutorials, one-to-one supervision and private study. You will be examined through coursework and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Compulsory courses:
Historical Methodology
Historical Research: Skills and Sources

Option courses:
You will choose four specialist courses from a range of options, such as:

Approaches to Gender History
Armed Struggle
The British at War, 1939–1945
Cinema and Society in South Asia
Intellectual History of the American Revolution
Medieval Men and Masculinity
The Fall of Rome
The Lordship of the Isles: A Political History
The Northern Ireland Troubles and their Origins
The Science of Man in the Enlightenment
Scotland and Ireland, 1800–1922
The United States and the Cold War

Career opportunities

Many students see the programme as an advanced qualification valued by a range of employers. Others are interested in pursuing long-term academic careers and therefore consider the MSc as preparation for a PhD.

The combination of skills training courses, specialised seminars, and independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose.

The programme provides excellent academic experience for those who require the training and confidence to pursue further postgraduate study or as a foundation for careers in archival or museum work, the cultural heritage industry or education.

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In recent years interest in the relationship between international business and global politics has increased. Read more
In recent years interest in the relationship between international business and global politics has increased. There is much interest in issues such as the global financial crisis, the 'decline' of the West and rise of China and the East, tax evasion and tax havens, corporate power, global social justice, corporate social responsibility and fair trade. This new programme sets out to explore concepts, approaches and methods from a truly inter-disciplinary perspective and offers a rich and stimulating basis for postgraduate study. The degree offers a framework for exploring the changing relationship between states and markets, international institutions of global political-economic governance, transnational companies, work, geo-politics, industrialisation and development.

* This is a unique Masters course which looks at the interaction between business and politics which is vital in understanding the dynamics of the contemporary world economy
* This is a programme for students who want to understand and improve the world they live in and how it is governed
* The course provides conceptual frameworks through which to understand world events and current affairs
* This course gives students the option to study international relations, multinational firms, development studies and international trade, but with a more vocational element to prepare you for work in the modern globalising world of business

Why study with us?

This programme is run collaboratively by the School of Business and Management and the School of Politics and International Relations. The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary was rated amongst the top 20 Politics departments in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The School has particular strengths in international security, conflict and war, human rights, the political economy of North-South relations, international political theory, Middle East politics, and the transition from the Cold War to the post-Cold War world.

The School of Business and Management is rapidly building a strong reputation for a distinctive approach, in particular our focus on the inter-disciplinary nature of business and management. The School entered the RAE for the first time in 2008 with outstanding success, ranking joint 25th out of 90 Business Schools. This result is the highest ever recorded first-time entry.

* Joint study of business and politics is unique, this Masters programme is inter-disciplinary, allowing students to move between Social Science subjects
* This scheme looks at the theories and big picture dynamics and processes in politics and business so that you can analyse current events and look at the connections between global supply chains and politics
* The Masters provides a broad based analysis of how, and for whom, capitalism works
* The programme is case study driven, including a focus on the contemporary world economy, trade regulation, the IMF and World Bank, manufacturing in China, the global food economy, and theories of the multinational firm.

Facilities

You will have access to postgraduate only facilities which include the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre dedicated solely to the use of graduate students in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, with the use of a common room and interdisciplinary training workshops. The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students. One of the modules also makes use of a dedicated Mac Lab where you have the option of learning how to present your work in an online environment.

You will also have access to Queen Mary's comprehensive libraries and The British Library can be accessed as a research resource.

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After the financial crisis, are there new fault-lines emerging in international relations? What is/was the war on terror? Is there any prospect of global justice? Has globalisation rendered nation states less relevant?. Read more

OVERVIEW

After the financial crisis, are there new fault-lines emerging in international relations? What is/was the war on terror? Is there any prospect of global justice? Has globalisation rendered nation states less relevant?

If you are interested in finding answers to the big global questions, then this is the programme for you

o The MA in International Relations is concerned with analysing the key theoretical and empirical issues in international relations
o You will discuss the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in international relations, including state sovereignty and international order, conflict and war, human rights and the political economy of North-South relations
o You will also undertake a critical survey of the main theories and concepts associated with the study of international politics
o The programme will provide you with a set of cutting-edge analytical skills and knowledge that will allow you to think, talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as providing a firm foundation for further study

Why study with us?

The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary was rated amongst the top 20 Politics departments in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The school has particular strengths in international security, conflict and war, the political economy of North-South relations, international political theory, Middle East politics, and the transition from the Cold War to the contemporary post-Cold War world.

Key features of this programme

o Cutting-edge critical programme - theory included, with a real focus on developing students' critical thinking and analytical skills
o A focus on the traditional geographic areas of international relations as well as emerging areas of interest in the developing world
o This programme is led by research active staff, who are responding to the very latest global events, so content is very timely
o The diversity of our staff and students mean that Queen Mary is a great place to study International Relations


You will undertake your degree through our cutting-edge online learning platform, QMPLUS. You will also have access to Queen Mary's online libraries and databases.

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Our MSc degree explores the theory and practice of how individuals, states, and political institutions manage conflict, and develop cooperation in international relations. Read more
Our MSc degree explores the theory and practice of how individuals, states, and political institutions manage conflict, and develop cooperation in international relations. The programme considers how political communities with different values, cultures, histories, and security conceptions can build trust in a global system.

You will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of key global security challenges (e.g. climate change, nuclear proliferation, transnational terrorism, and intractable conflicts inside and across state borders) and cover debates in International Relations, Political Psychology and Security Studies.

Topics and issues examined include:

The Security Dilemma.
Face-to-face diplomacy.
Peace building, alliances and institutions
Emotions in crises and conflicts
The psychology of radicalization, terrorism, and political violence
Identities of religion, gender, and nationalism
Game theory: the Prisoner’s Dilemma.
The risks of nuclear war during the Cold War.
US-Iran nuclear relations.
The possibilities for avoiding a new Cold War with China.

Our students explore cutting edge scholarship through three core modules: Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics, Global Cooperation in Practice, and our exclusive training programme on Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation. In addition, our new module Political Psychology of Conflict and Cooperation examines the psychological determinants of political choices and behaviours. Our programme allows for a truly interdisciplinary training in understanding and tackling the challenges of complex international tensions.

Our MSc degree has one more distinctive feature: it is offered by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), a world-leading interdisciplinary research centre, in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Studies. The ICCS has strong connections to high level practitioner networks, which offer summer internship opportunities. Our MSc students can also become members of the four ICCS Research Working Groups: Trust; Political Settlements; International Political Psychology; Unmanned and Remote-Piloted Systems.

Who is the programme for?

Our MSc degree is designed for students interested in international relations, political psychology and security studies. Our students share a common goal: to advance their academic training, establish a policy-related career, work in government, international organizations and NGOs, or serve as mediators, negotiators and diplomats to address intractable conflicts at all levels of world politics.

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.

Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the evolution of diplomacy and the way in which diplomacy is practised in the contemporary world. Read more

About the course

This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the evolution of diplomacy and the way in which diplomacy is practised in the contemporary world. It tackles a number of broader issues that impact on diplomatic processes, such as the way in which states operate in regional organisations such as the European Union, the threat of organised crime and terrorism and the role of multinational corporations and companies.
•A wide variety of modules
The course offers the opportunity to study a wider variety and greater number of modules than comparative degree programmes in other UK universities
•Add international experience to your CV
You will have the opportunity to take part in #DMUglobal overseas study trips.
•Learn from internationally renowned staff
You will be part of a research-rich academic environment with the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned staff and participate in research seminars, conferences and annual lectures
•Excellent student experience
Students benefit from the input of high-profile visiting scholars, academic staff with wide geographical subject coverage and the opportunity to participate in study trips abroad
•Boost your potential earnings
Business and Law postgraduates command an average salary of £44,186 (DLHE, 2013/14)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Course modules

•Diplomacy and International Politics – examines the role of diplomacy in the changing international system. You will be able to critique differing explanations of the international environment in which diplomacy operates and review in detail the functions of diplomacy as well as its historical development.
•Globalisation – globalisation affects business and society at all levels. In this module you will explore the historical background to globalisation and look at the economic, political and commercial contexts of globalisation. You will study globalisation debates and look at the effects of globalisation on various actors. You will also examine the relationship between globalisation and business.
•Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in international relations and diplomacy. It will help you to define a research topic and produce a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.
•Post-Cold War World Order – considers the relationship between order and justice in international relations and links this to debates on the new world order that emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. You will examine the position of the United States as the sole superpower after the Cold War and the extent to which it has been able to exert its model of order at a global level.

You will choose further elective modules. The following are typical of the elective modules offered:
•Britain and European Integration
•Regional Security in the European Neighbourhood
•Global Health: Politics, Policy and Strategy
•International trade

Please note that the running of modules in any academic year is subject to minimum numbers of students enrolling for each module and the availability of staff.

Dissertation - You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in-depth on a particular aspect of diplomacy and word order, or on an international relations topic of your choice. You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Industry links and professional accreditation

The Department has an active Politics Society. Recent presentations have been given by Alistair Campbell, the Mayor of Leicester, and David Blunkett. The Department also organises study trips.

Graduate careers

The course prepares you for
 senior roles in public and private organisations such as the United Nations or the EU parliament, 
where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.

There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested
 in making a difference and who understand the implications 
of the global financial crisis,
 climate change, diplomacy and sustainable development, healthcare and other issues affecting contemporary society.

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This new and exciting programme is aimed at training graduates from a range of scientific disciplines who wish to pursue a research career in cold-regions science, notably within the disciplines of glaciology, glacial geomorphology, polar climatology / oceanography, environmental science, polar biogeochemical processes, or their intersections. Read more

About the course

This new and exciting programme is aimed at training graduates from a range of scientific disciplines who wish to pursue a research career in cold-regions science, notably within the disciplines of glaciology, glacial geomorphology, polar climatology / oceanography, environmental science, polar biogeochemical processes, or their intersections.

The programme’s underlying theme is contemporary, as its key interest is to explore the expressions, mechanisms and impacts of rapid ongoing changes in our planet’s cold regions.

Your career

You’ll develop the skills to work in private or public sector research, or join the civil service. Recent graduates have started careers in consulting or with organisations like CAFOD, the Environment Agency and the British Library. Many of our graduates stay on to do research. We have a high success rate in securing funding for those who wish to study for a PhD with us after finishing a masters.

Study with the best

This is a vibrant postgraduate community, with strong international links. Our research partners are global, from UK universities to institutions in southern Africa, Denmark, Iceland, Australia and the USA. Our teaching is invigorated by work from several interdisciplinary research groups, like the Sheffield Centre for International Drylands Research, the Urban and Regional Policy Research Institute and the Sheffield Institute for International Development.

How we teach

Our staff are active researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields. That research informs our masters courses. As well as the usual lectures and seminars, there are practicals, lab classes, field trips and research projects.

Facilities and equipment

A new £1m Sediment-Solute Systems lab enables geochemical analysis of aqueous and solid phases, especially in the context of biogeochemistry. We have equipment for chromatography, UV spectrometry and flow injection/auto analysis.

Our sample preparation facilities enable digestion, pre-concentration by evaporation under vacuum, and tangential flow filtration. There are alpha and gamma counters, a laser particle sizer and a luminescence dating lab. Field equipment includes automatic water samplers, weather stations, data loggers and environmental process characterisation sensors.

We have high-quality petrological microscopes for examining geological samples. We have labs for spectrometry and for palaeontological preparation, and you’ll also have access to specialist facilities in other departments at the University.

Laptops, camcorders, tape recorders and transcribers are available for your fieldwork. Our postgraduate computer labs have networked workstations for GIS research and climate modelling, ARC/INFO, ERDAS software and specialist software for remote sensing. GIS facilities are also provided by the £5m Informatics Collaboratory for the Social Sciences.

Our new postgraduate media GIS suite has facilities for Skype, video conferencing, web design, video editing and creative media.

Fieldwork

Most of our courses involve fieldwork. The MPH, MSc and MA International Development take students on a 10-day field trip where they put their research skills into practice. Recent classes visited the West Pokot region of Kenya, urban and rural areas of Nepal, the suburbs of Cairo and India.

Core modules

Research Design in Analysis of Environmental Systems; Current Issues in Polar and Alpine Science; Arctic/Alpine Field Course; Polar and Alpine Change Research Project.

Teaching and assessment

Modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.

The Research Project is assessed by oral presentation of mid-project findings, submission of a project report in the summer and by a poster presentation of project findings.

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Explore the critical events influencing International Relations and obtain a prestigious postgraduate degree from one of the top universities in the UK in the heart of Paris. Read more

The Programme

Explore the critical events influencing International Relations and obtain a prestigious postgraduate degree from one of the top universities in the UK in the heart of Paris. The MA in International Relations (Paris) - offered jointly by the University of London Institute in Paris and Queen Mary University of London - is concerned with analysing the key issues and concepts in world politics. The programme will provide you with a sophisticated theoretical and applied understanding of international relations including areas of expertise such as war and security, globalization and development, and US foreign policy. It will enable you to develop a set of analytical skills and knowledge that will allow you to think, talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as building a firm foundation for further study.

This programme will focus on the traditional geographic areas of international relations as well as emerging areas of interest in the developing world. You will be given the opportunity to discuss the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in international relations including state sovereignty and international order, conflict and war, human rights and the political economy of North-South relations.

Structure

Students benefit from an integrated and flexible approach when it comes to teaching. The programme will be delivered through a combination of workshops, guest lectures and Masterclasses based at the University of London Institute in Paris and online teaching by a dedicated tutor via a sophisticated e-learning platform.

You will be taught by staff who have internationally recognised research strengths in the politics of the developing world, globalisation and development, conflict and war, and critical theory, as well as regional expertise in South America, South East Asia, the Middle East and SubSaharan Africa.

Why study International Relations with us?

The University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) is an institute of the University of London based in the heart of Paris. Established in the 19th century, it became a full part of the University of London in 1969. The Institute offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies with a focus on French Studies, Law and International Relations. Its research priorities include French and European history, post-colonial studies and urbanism. Studying at ULIP offers you unique access to France, the Francophone world and Europe, along with all of the benefits of studying at one of the UK’s leading universities.

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research focused higher education institutions. Queen Mary offers outstanding students a stimulating, supportive and high-quality learning experience, with teaching inspired by our world leading research across a wide range of subjects. Queen Mary University of London is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Queen Mary University of London is in the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

The School of Politics and International Relations has particular strengths in international security, conflict and war, the political economy of North South relations, international political theory, Middle East politics, and the transition from the Cold War to the contemporary post-Cold War world. This programme is led by research -active staff, who are responding to the very latest global events.

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