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The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Not only do we need to understand the ongoing changes in the nature of war and conflict, but we are also today faced with important transformations in global power relations, international flows of goods, people and diseases and, indeed, shifts in the nature of political communities on the globe. Whatever your background, whether in international politics or another discipline, this flagship MA programme provides you with the necessary tools to tackle these shifting landscapes. With a wide range of modules and departmental expertise at your disposal, the scheme will expose you to envisioning new, different, better ways forward in our efforts to cope with the challenging political, military, social, economic and environmental contexts we live in today.
Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.
Aberystwyth is a medium sized coastal town situated in one of the most beautiful and safest parts of the UK - it really is a special place to live and study. Established in 1872, Aberystwyth University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research. Our students benefit from a diverse and international student population, easy access to the seafront and beaches, rolling green mountains, a vibrant social and cultural life, and an excellent education.
I was delighted when I was offered a place on the MA programme at Aberystwyth. As I want to pursue a PhD in the future, I chose the research training pathway, as this gave me specific modules on how to conduct research, and the skills I would need to do it effectively.
Because I chose to study the research training path I was introduced to students from other disciplines, and brought new ideas to the forefront that I had not considered previously. Though I found some of the work challenging, I enjoyed the step up, and found the research modules delivered by the Graduate School to be of a high standard.
I was able to select a range of specialist modules which expanded upon my undergraduate studies and challenged my previous knowledge, bringing new ideas and new concepts which I had not previously considered. In these modules, you could choose your own essay topics, with support from lecturers. This ensures you choose topics you are really interested in. The dissertation module, delivered over the course of the year, gave me the chance to fully form my research question, before giving me the support I needed to write the 15,000 word piece.
As part of my MA study, I had to attend the International Politics Research Seminar lectures. These are lectures given by either lecturers or final year PhD students, and gave me insights into subjects I had never considered, and also gave me an idea of what being a postgraduate research student would be like. I thoroughly enjoyed these lectures, and gained a lot from them.
Alongside my academic work, I was an MA representatives that sat on the Staff Graduate Consultative Committee. I subsequently applied, and was appointed, to be my department's Postgraduate Representative, giving a voice to all postgraduate students in Interpol, History, Geography and Psychology. I sat on institute-wide committees, and also on the Students’ Union’s academic executive committee, looking at academic policy across the university.
I can’t recommend master’s study at Aberystwyth enough. The staff are fantastic and ensure you are fully supported in your studies. The seminars allow you to have a voice and articulate your own arguments, and by picking your own essay topics you are given the chance to really shape your own learning. The skills I gained from my degree have been really useful in my career.
Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course.
Scholarships worth £2,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-UK) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses or a research Programme (MPhil, LLM by Research or PhD) in September 2019.
Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by the deadline specified.
Recipients of Sports Scholarships are expected to contribute to a Students' Union Sports Club and would normally be expected to represent the University in the sport for which the Scholarship was awarded.
Sports Scholarships are intended for UK/EU applicants to the University who can demonstrate recent achievement of a high standard in sport, and a commitment to developing their sporting performance whilst at university. You can hold a Sports Scholarship for any full-time course at Aberystwyth.
A Sports Scholarship application form must be submitted by 31st July in the year of entry to the University.
Music Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive audition to new entrants in any discipline and held for the duration of the course.
Music Scholarships are intended for experienced players for orchestra/band instruments or singers (jointly with an instrument) who can actively contribute to the University’s orchestras, bands, choirs and other ensembles.
The closing date for applications is 15th June in the year of entry to University.
Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee.
10% - 20% discount of Taught Masters tuition fee
Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above.
Applications for relevant courses must be received by the publicised deadline. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.
Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 1st Class Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards, Aber-grad Scholarships nor HEI partnership discounts.
Scholarships, each worth £5,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK 1st class honours degree or the equivalent award).
In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received deadline specified. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by the closing date.
Applications should be made directly to the charitable trust, via their website.
Up to £7,000
For students from Wales undertaking postgraduate study.
The closing date for applications is the end of June preceding the start date of the course.
In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Aberystwyth University are offering scholarships to Chinese students applying for Postgraduate courses in certain subject areas. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (Bachelor degree with overall 75% from 211 and 985 Universities, or 85% or above from other Universities).
Scholarships, each worth £5,500 towards tuition fees will be available for Chinese students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2019.
In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 30th June 2019. Please apply to the University using the standard application method: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/
Separate scholarship application forms for the scholarship are not required, but please make sure that you note ‘I apply for the GREAT scholarship’ on your application.
Applicants for Chevening Scholarships must:
• be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study;
• hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;
• achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement;
• have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
• be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to International students with excellent academic backgrounds who wish to pursue full-time postgraduate study in the UK. The scholarships are primarily for those who wish to undertake a Taught Masters degree.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - please see their website for further details.
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