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Course content

About the course

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.

Why study MA International Politics at Aberystwyth University?

• Opportunity to study at the world’s first university department of International Politics

• Our Department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation (QS, 2017)

• Opportunity to specialise in many different pathways such as security studies, postcolonial politics, theory/critical theory, and intelligence and strategic studies.

• Opportunity to integrate into the research culture of a department at the forefront of understanding and tackling the challenges of ‘how we might live’ in the 21st century.

• Opportunity to study in a challenging and highly stimulating intellectual environment and to engage with the most pressing and thought-provoking issues and topics in international politics.

• 76% of the Department’s publications were deemed either world leading or internationally excellent, making the Department the best in Wales and 7th in the UK - REF 2014

• The Department has over thirty academic and research staff, all of whom are research-active.

• The Department hosts a wide variety of academic events which postgraduate students are encouraged to attend, including guest lectures by leading experts and academics, round table discussions about past, present, and future international issues, and the weekly Departmental research seminars.

Course content

Core modules:

Cyber Security
Dissertation
International Communications In Asia-pacific: Power, Peoples And Propaganda
International Politics
Islam And Modernity
Politics, Media, Performance: Transdisciplinary Critical Frameworks
Power And Postwar Reconstruction: A Critical Approach
Understanding Wales In An Age Of Global Transformation

Optional modules:

The State Through The Ages
Thoughts Of War: Strategic Theory & Thinkers (s)
Critical Security Studies: Contemporary Theories
Intelligence, Security And International Politics Since 1945
Political Responsibility In A Globalized World
Postcolonial Politics

Contact time

During the first two semesters you will normally take one two-hour seminar per module per week. You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance in departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your master’s dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a combination of essays, project work, short reports, book reviews and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Skills

This Masters programme emphasises the development of strong research, writing and analytical skills as well as the capacity to work independently - qualities highly valued by employers. A Masters is also ideal for students who want to pursue PhD research. This MA Programme will empower you to:

• Develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently
• Write for and speak to a range of audiences
• Evaluate and organise information
• Work effectively with others
• Work within time frames and to specific deadlines

Careers

Our graduates have expansive career opportunities.

Previous graduates from our Department have gone on to work:

• in the development sector
• in local and national politics
• for the Diplomatic Service
• for the Civil Service
• for NGOs
• with international organisations
• as journalists
• within academia
• as governmental and social researchers
• for Foreign Offices
• for the military
• in leadership roles in business/industry (CEOs/Chairmans)
• as political assistants
• as teachers, lawyers and accountants

Visit the International Politics (Specialist) - MA page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

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