This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deeper understanding and analytical excellence in two fields of increasing importance, international relations and international business, drawing from the combined strengths of UNNC’s School of International Studies and Nottingham University Business School (NUBS). A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas in international relations and international business. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which include world-leading international relations experts focusing on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories in both fields, will be trained in research methods, important historical and contemporary cases and hot-button issues, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and international business.
Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international business, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and international business, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, dimensions of world history, international organisations, European politics, regionalism, traditional and non-traditional security, environmental policy, area studies (including China, Russia, the US, Europe, the UK, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) and of course research methods, to name a few. Small seminars allow students to develop their analytical skills, and oral and written presentation techniques, as well as their capacity to research, compile and produce thematic reports, essays, and papers.
Case studies and occasional simulation games deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiations, diplomacy, world history and international relations. The dissertation will give students the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of their knowledge.
The MA in International Relations and International Business is offered as a one year programme (twelve full months). This degree programme can also be taken in a part time capacity over two years. Students must take 180 credits to graduate, comprised of 60 credits each semester (four modules each semester at 15 credits each), plus 60 credits for the dissertation (normally done over the summer for full time students). Students must pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.
Students must also choose ONE module from this group:
and ONE module from this group:
Plus ONE module from this group:
The School of International Studies has academic staff from all across the world, who are world-leading experts in their fields. Students gain from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds which compliment the global nature of this programme.
All students who successfully complete their studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will be awarded a University of Nottingham, UK degree.
There are no differences between certificates awarded in the UK and those awarded in China.
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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These programmes study international relations from a theoretical perspective. They are suitable for those intending to proceed to a research degree and an academic career, as well as those seeking to gain a conceptual grasp of contemporary international relations. They explore ways in which people think about IR, how international relations are theorised and why they act the way they do when conducting international relations as a field of practice. The compulsory course covers the main explanatory and normative approaches in the international relations theory: realism liberalism, the English School, constructivism, normative theory, gender and feminist writings and post colonial perspectives. It explores international relations as knowledge, as a social science and as a practical discipline.
The research track shares the same core course, Theories of International Relations, but also includes a compulsory course in social research methods
Most of our former MSc students go on to work in government, international organisations, financial institutions, journalism and corporations, but some continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.
This version of the International Relations programme offers the opportunity to study at the prestigious Higher School of Economics in Moscow and obtain two Master's degrees. You spend the first year at Kent and the second year in Moscow. Courses in Moscow are taught in English.
The main goal of this programme is to link the general study of international relations to specific questions about Eurasia in world politics and the international economy. In the post-Cold War world in which the tectonic plates of international relations are shifting, the programme provides a unique, critical perspective on traditional approaches to studying international relations and conventional accounts of East-West relations.
Students will receive high-quality teaching from eminent scholars both at Kent and the HSE in Moscow who are internationally renowned experts on international relations, Eurasian politics and the world economy. In addition to unique modules and a dissertation offering the opportunity to conduct original research, the programme also encompasses an internship (during the second year in Moscow) and other possibilities for work placements.
This is a unique programme that equips students not only with superb analytical skills but also specialised knowledge and invaluable cross-cultural experiences.
The School of Politics and International Relations is one of the most dynamic places to study Politics and International Relations. We combine high-quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment that welcomes students from all over the world.
All lectures and seminars on postgraduate modules are informed by the latest research and scholarship, and are delivered by full-time academic staff who have internationally recognised expertise in their field.
The School of Politics and International Relations has a dedicated Employability, Internships, Placements and Alumni Manager who works with students to develop work-based placements in a range of organisations. Centrally, the Careers and Employability Service can help you plan for your future by providing one-to-one advice at any stage of your postgraduate studies.
Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.
We are currently ranked 8th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in the Complete University Guide 2018.
The Master in International Relations (MIR) is an innovative postgraduate program developed for graduates wanting to deepen their knowledge in the field of International Relations. Distinguished faculty and top-level professionals make the Master a unique experience. MIR provides a well-balanced combination of theory and practice, enriching the learning process, by focusing on international relations, economics, politics and law, as well as those emerging issues that challenge today’s global system.
The Master in International Relations program is tailored to train professionals with the analytical skills to comprehend the different elements that constitute our complex world; to develop students’ abilities to collect and interpret information and international events; to manage technical and scientific aspects of international projects; to help students identify and interact with local and global cultures through a multidisciplinary approach and specialized competences.
Upon completion of the Master in International Relations, students will be prepared to manage and evaluate specific international events and problems from different perspectives, consistently with their training and experience, within a variety of organizations: international institutions, private companies, research centers, public administration, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc.
The Master in International Relations program is spread over four integrated levels aimed at fostering a multidimensional education, which includes research skills, analytical tools and professional development.
1st level - Scientific Training & Management Skills
The course offers an important opportunity to meet internation- al faculty and deepen the theoretical analysis of the economic, political, historical, legal and institutional issues relevant to the global system. Due to the multidisciplinary character of this area, students have the opportunity to study and evaluate specific problems from different, yet connected, perspectives.
2nd level - Advanced Training on Regional Areas
The Master in International Relations includes an advanced training program on the most relevant regional areas that governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and multinational private companies are facing. Professionals and experts from specific fields are involved in planning, organizing, and holding introductory courses, semi- nars and case studies on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Middle East.
3rd level - Project Work
Students join in the elaboration of a project work where the multidimensional analysis of a problem leads to the identifica- tion of its fundamental nodes.
4th level - Internship
The research activity is completed with an internship that gives students the invaluable opportunity to strengthen competences acquired during the Master in International Relations. It is a key compulsory component of the Master program and usually lasts three months.
The Master in International Relations offers high quality training to a group of 25 students from all continents. The learning platform includes lectures, seminars and a tutored internship.
● Prof. Roberto Zoboli - MIR Director and CERIS-CNR, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
● Prof. Isabella Alcañiz - University of Maryland, College Park
● Dr. Orlando Arango - European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
● Dr. Raoul Ascari - SACE, Rome
● Prof. Simona Beretta - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
● Dr. Matteo Borsani - Confindustria, Brussels
● Dr. Marina Calculli - American University of Beirut
● Prof. Emilio Colombo - University of Milano Bicocca
● Prof. Michael Cox - London School of Economics and Political Science, London
● Prof. Paul De Grauwe - London School of Economics and Political Science, London
● Prof. Paul H. Dembinski - University of Fribourg
● Prof. Matthew Anthony Evangelista - Cornell University, Ithaca
● Prof. Marco Gestri - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
● Dr. Andrea Goldstein - OECD, Paris
● Dr. Antonio Graziosi - ILO, Budapest
● Dr. Fabio Graziosi - UNRIC, Brussels
● Prof. Xuewu Gu - University of Bonn
● Prof. G. John Ikenberry - Princeton University
● Prof. Miklós Király - Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
● Prof. Ludger Kühnhardt - University of Bonn
● Prof. Marco Lombardi - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
● Prof. Andrés Malamud - University of Lisbon
● Prof. Aldo Pigoli - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
● Dr. Manuela Prina - European Training Foundation, Turin
● Dr. Thomas Rosenthal - Fondazione Italia-Cina, Milan
● Prof. Andrea Saccucci - Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli
● Dr. Manuela Tortora - UNCTAD, Geneva
● Prof. Thomas A. Zimmermann - University of St. Gallen
Università Cattolica’s Graduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) combines quality courses with strong connections to the business world. Courses are taught by academic professors, professionals and leaders from all over the world.
The openness of such an interdisciplinary Master is a real opportunity to extend your skills and build bridges between what you already know and how to transpose it to the current world.
Students will take part in team projects and individual internships with the guidance of important academics from different countries and leading professionals from multinational companies, international institutions and non-governmental organizations.
ASERI Masters Programs are in response to the current job market demands: they train students in a constant face-to-face comparison with theoretical topics, but provoking their personalities and experiences to form a practical and highly professional point of view.
All scholarships are assigned on a merit basis and will be mostly given to students who apply by the priority deadline (go to the Masters' Application & Admissions page for deadline information). Some scholarships may also target specific geographic regions.
Scholarship value: €2500- €5000
Degree: Master of Social Science (120 credits) with a major in Political Science – orientation towards International and European Relations
Teaching language: English
This programme puts issues related to European relations within a context of international society and global governance. It is intended for those who have a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs.
Students will be equipped with the skills necessary to face the challenges of an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general field of international and European relations. The programme is divided into four components, each equivalent to one term:
The curriculum consists of topics ranging from international law and security, to European institutions and Europe’s external relations, theories of international relations and organisation, foreign policy analysis, contemporary issues of international governance, and research design and methodology. During the third term, students have the option of either taking courses with a general focus on international and global governance, or to pursue a guided internship with an organisation of relevance for international or European relations.
By the end of the programme students will have developed an independent critical approach to complex global, and specifically European, issues. Furthermore, students will gain the skills and knowledge to contribute actively to important developments, either as practitioners or as researchers. Students will also be able to:
The programme staff are engaged in research concerning international theory and the development of international norms and institutions, European security and foreign relations, European politics, regional development, political economy, e-governance, migration and diaspora studies, policy analysis and political theory.
Develop the skills and understanding to tackle the global challenges of poverty, inequality, conflict, sustainability and social justice.
Whether you are a graduate aiming to make a difference in the world, or a professional wishing to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking, our suite of International Development MSc courses is for you.
Engaged with current debates in policy and practice and grounded in interdisciplinary social sciences, you will develop the tools and confidence to work towards creative solutions that address practical problems in strategic ways.
Four distinct pathways provide a choice of flexibility and breadth, or the chance to pursue a particular interest in greater depth.
Innovative learning approaches promote in-depth investigation of particular cases and issues. These will draw out connections and contradictions between different actors and analytical perspectives, across global, regional, national and local scales.
The opportunity of a placement, leading to a work-based project, will provide hands-on experience to complement classroom-based learning.
You will leave the course with:
The MSc International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action pathway enables you to gain an in-depth and interdisciplinary understanding of the theories and concepts that underpin contemporary humanitarian action and conflict response. You will also form a critical understanding of humanitarian, peacebuilding and development policy and practice. You will learn how to interpret and evaluate research information and evidence on topics related to humanitarianism, conflict and development.
The MSc International Development with Economics pathway covers the key economic concepts, theories and tools required to understand development issues, policies and practices, including those of heterodox and social economics. You will learn how to apply them to analyse specific development problems, such as through appropriate combinations of quantitative and qualitative methods.
The MSc International Development, Social justice and Sustainability pathway enables you to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of theories and concepts of social and environmental justice, wellbeing and sustainability. You will develop in-depth knowledge of people’s practical struggles globally and locally for a better life, and the forms of policy and politics that can support or frustrate these. You will also explore how integrated perspectives can capture the complex interactions between social and ecological systems. Additionally, you will consider areas of complementarity and the trade-off between economic development, human wellbeing and environmental sustainability.
You will join the Department of Social & Policy Studies here at Bath. We are ranked in the top 50 for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings 2017.
Our staff are all active in this field, research-led, and united in their commitment to finding better solutions to the world’s development problems.
This course provides an excellent background for those wishing to pursue an international development career and improve people’s lives.
You will be qualified to work in a wide variety of roles, including social research, public policy, public information and campaigning.
Many of our graduates from similar courses have found jobs with high profile organisations, including:
Other graduates have chosen to work for themselves and set up their own charities, while others have stayed in academia, to complete doctoral studies.
Join our webinar on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at 12:00-13.00 GMT.
During the webinar you will be able to find about:
There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to our staff.
This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
The total number of credits for the taught-stage is 60 credits, with most units being 12 Credits. A typical week would approximately average between 6-10 hours of classes or seminars a week depending on options taken. The dissertation or practicum are 30 credits.
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
As an alternative to writing a dissertation, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a six-week placement (practicum), working with an organisation involved in international development. You'll write a report reflecting on a particular area of professional practice.
MSc International Relations is an advanced, academic study of the subject from a global perspective.
You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of issues, including the formulation and implementation of foreign policy, relations between states and governments, international organisations and NGOs, international law, conflict and post-conflict peace-making and transitional justice, the role of empire or revolutions in world politics, and gender and international relations. You can also choose to focus on specific regions, such as Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa or specific countries such as China, Russia and the US.
The programme includes a core course, International Politics, which provides an historical and theoretical analysis of core concepts in international relations, of the normative and analytic issues involved, and of their relationship to the social sciences in general. You will also submit a 10,000 word dissertation, which allows you to explore a topic of your own choice in depth, and choose optional courses to the value of two units.
You may also be interested in the MSc International Relations (Research)programme which has a different core course, Theories of International Relations, and entails a compulsory methodology course.
You may also be interested in the MSc International Relations Theory programme which has a different core course, Theories of International Relations, but does not entail a compulsory methodology course.
Most of our former MSc students go on to work in government, international organisations, financial institutions, journalism and corporations, but some continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.