Our programme gives you the opportunity to delve into one of three specialist areas of International Relations.
You will master key skills in political science that enable you to explore the links between local, national and international structures, and critically evaluate key contemporary debates in the field of international relations.
The MSc International Relations programme is offered via two pathways. The International Relations pathway examines key issues in the contemporary international system and processes of global governance.
Secondly, the innovative International Intervention pathway deepens your understanding of this complex area and includes a placement option, allowing you to spend three months working in international politics.
There are a set of common compulsory modules for all pathways, in addition to two compulsory modules for your chosen pathway, and three optional modules from a range of international or European politics topics.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year, until a total of eight is reached. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation or placement.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Our MSc programme in International Relations is a great stepping stone in your career development, whatever your plans.
Through its assessed, three-month placement, the International Intervention pathway offers an excellent opportunity to enhance a wide range of transferable skills and build personal networks which will significantly enhance your employment opportunities upon graduation.
Students from the School have gone on to a wide range of employment choices. These include working for international organisations, national and local government, lobby groups and non-governmental organisations, as well as private businesses and media organisations.
We also offer doctoral supervision in a wide range of political subjects for talented students who wish to continue their studies.
The programme aims to:
Knowledge and understanding
Upon completion of the programme, students will have:
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Students will be able to:
Professional practical skills
Students will gain the ability to:
Key / transferable skills
Students will have the skills to:
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
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.
Theories and Concepts in International Relations
Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
International Humanitarian Law
Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges
Global Security Issues
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
International Human Rights Law
The use of Force in International Law
Dissertation in International Relations
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• You are taught by experts from the School of Social Science and School of Law (ranked top 10 in the UK (Good University Guide 2018)
• You can attend research seminars organised by the Centre for Sustainable International Development, Centre for Global Security and
Governance and New Europe Centre.
• You are encouraged to provide live consultancy work within one of the School of Law's public projects including Lawyers Without Borders,
Casus Omissus (Aberdeen Law Project) and others. This will really help you apply your skills and give you confidence within actual practice.
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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