International Relations and International Law give you a wider access to employment within international development and trade, plus government and political areas.
If you want to enjoy a career within international relations you may be looking at positions within policy making within government and the civil service within foreign affairs. You can also go into the defence area, development and human rights. A lot of graduates choose to go into advocacy, research and project management from this degree working for NGOs. Some others follow careers in regional and global institutions such as the EU or UN and others go into the armed forces or international media working as journalists and reporters. Other careers our graduates have followed have been in international risk management and international corporations in trade and finance. The postgraduate degree can make a real difference in terms of having a postgraduate qualification to allow you to continue on your career path or change careers.
The programme gives you engagement with key issues in contemporary International Relations including development and political economy, critical and human security, gender, identity and human rights and more. You learn the debates about globalisation, international institutions, international development and global political economy. This includes culture and identity, citizenship and stabilisation of power. The programme gives you an interdisciplinary perspective on global governance and law including areas such as; technology, economics, history, geography, sociology, criminology, diplomacy, international security, finance, human rights and more. Additional modules within international law mean you have a great range of knowledge and employment options in an advisory role.
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Expanding your career opportunities in the modern era, requires a deeper appreciation of the intricacies of international affairs. Increasingly, employers require skills in advanced research and critical thinking. The Master of International Relations at Bond incorporates both coursework and dissertations, equipping graduates with refined research skills and a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical and cultural issues. Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees!
As part of their major dissertation, Master of International Relations students can apply to undertake a semester of study at a Faculty approved University in Beijing, China. This allows students to be exposed to an array of cultural experiences while undertaking relevant International Relations courses.
The Master of International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels. Students enrolled in the program will gain a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical and cultural issues. Graduates from the program could seek to further their careers in diplomacy, international trade, government and business through an enhanced understanding of regional and global politics, development, strategic decision making, sociology and economy.
The Master of International Relations comprises 12 subjects, as follows:
Foundation subjects (8)
Students must choose one (1) of the following options (6):
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
Available research topics for dissertation / portfolio
The Faculty of Society & Design has highly skilled academic staff who can provide supervision to students in the following research areas:
The International Politics MA programme is for students who want to explore international politics more widely. It is designed to help you drill down and follow your specific interests and specialise your knowledge. The course has been designed to give you the chance to pursue your own questions about the way the world works – and to shape arguments where you feel it doesn’t.
The knowledge and skills you develop during the course will enable you to explore a number of rewarding career options – from supporting NGOs to working with the civil service or media.
Is the USA a benevolent global leader or a neo-imperial power? How does the shift in power from the West to the Rest reshape international politics in the 21st century? Can states act effectively in a world increasingly shaped by international institutions and global economic actors?
The International Politics MA will challenge your point of view and help you:
You may have the opportunity to undertake a placement, but it is not a formal requirement of the course. We encourage you to create your own placement, by fostering connections offered by the Careers Service.
There is also the International Politics Careers Day, which helps you to explore career opportunities with international politics degrees. The day includes:
The course is taught by academics within the department with industry professionals offering insight in the form of talks for the Practitioner Series. This is a programme of talks from visiting speakers and alumni working within organisations such as The Refugee Council and Amnesty International.
Each taught module is assessed by an essay, either a 5,000-word essay for 30 credit modules or a 3,000-word essay for 15 credit modules. Your final MA marks are derived from a combination of your essay and dissertation grades.
You are required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 words in an area linked to the MA degree. Your dissertation topic will be agreed with your personal tutor/supervisor.
Your work will be assessed by coursework alone, there are no exams. Many students develop their key interest first when they choose their elective modules, then when they write their essays, and finally when they write their dissertation over the summer term.
The structure of this MA gives you the flexibility to design your own degree.
The taught modules are completed in Terms 1 and 2, normally over a single academic year for full-time students and over two academic years for part-time students. You are required to take a total of 120 credits in taught modules.
There is one core module – 'Theories of International Politics' (30 credits) taught in the first term (30 credits).
The remaining credits will be made up of elective modules that you must choose from the list of electives opened to students in the MA International Politics. Throughout the year you can choose elective modules that suit your interests. You can also opt to pursue your interests by studying across departments with optional modules from the Department of Sociology and The City Law School.
The number of elective modules you take will vary depending on the number of 15- and 30-credit modules you choose. All modules run for a minimum of eleven weeks (or one term).
Choose 60 credits from:
Typical modules offered by the Department of International Politics:
Typical modules offered by the Sociology Department:
Typical modules offered by The City Law School:
The LLM/MA Diplomacy and International Law is a flexible and engaging degree that provides a strong introduction to diplomacy, foreign policy and international law. Jointly delivered by our prestigious Law School and the highly ranked and regarded Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR), it enables you to deepen your understanding of the social, legal, economic and political issues playing out on the world’s stage.
Our Law School is home to the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, the Centre for Law and Society, and the Centre for Child and Family Justice. These influential centres underpin our postgraduate teaching and you will have access to the much sought-after expertise of academics working at the forefront of research into politics, international relations, legal and socio-legal issues.
The pathway for the LLM/MA ensures a duality in the nature of your studies. Core and elective modules from the Law School and PPR and a 20,000 word dissertation enable you to pursue your own interests whilst becoming practiced at looking at issues from different perspectives.
Your core modules are: Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; International Law; Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; and a Dissertation. You will choose further elective modules from Law and Politics - the breadth of choice allows you to tailor your interests and develop particular specialisms. Elective modules include (amongst many others): Law and Global Health; International Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law; European Union Law; Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts; Theorising Security and War; Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Peace Building; and Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations.
The dissertation is an independent, in-depth inquiry into a research topic of your choosing. The topic will link to a key legal or political question or issue and may also directly relate to your professional/career interests. This is your opportunity to make a contribution to the academic community with new, original research and writing. A dissertation supervisor will provide you with support and introduce you to relevant material and research; their personal research interests will closely align with your chosen topic wherever possible.
The supervising department for your dissertation, and the balance of modules studied, dictate which award you will receive: LLM or MA.
Our teaching approach draws upon distinguished practitioners with experience in the field and may include student trips to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, European Union organisations in Brussels, and international organisations in Geneva. We provide teaching and supervision by leading scholars in their fields and, in addition, we involve politicians, diplomats, civil servants and journalists in the delivery of the programmes.
Your postgraduate LLM/MA degree opens doors to a huge range of careers and provides high-level training for those pursuing careers in areas such as foreign and international affairs, national and international non-governmental organisations, journalism and international business.
You will develop: the skills required to critically evaluate cutting-edge research; inter-disciplinary skills; and, analytical and communications skills. All of which are a real boost in any sector and highly prized by employers.
The LLM/MA is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study and academia.