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This cutting-edge Masters programme broadens students' global perspectives on issues of governance and contemporary international relations.

Course outline

This cutting-edge Masters programme, delivered over one full academic year, broadens students' global perspectives on issues of governance and contemporary international relations. Students can choose from a wide range of elective modules, such as International Ethics, International Security, Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism, and Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance. Graduates of this programme forge careers working for international organisations, governments and global political institutions.

Subject guide & modules

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules

  • International Relations Theory
  • The Governance of Global Problems

Optional Modules

  • The EU: A Web of Institutions
  • The EU as a Global Actor
  • Europe’s Regions and Their Governance
  • Critical Approaches to Security Studies
  • Europe and East Asia
  • Leaders and Leadership in the European and Global Context
  • Religion and Politics
  • Corruption and Crime-Terror Nexus: Defense
  • International Political Communication
  • Ethics, Literature and International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • EU Law and Policy-Making
  • Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis
  • Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Sciences
  • Rethinking European Integration
  • Interest Groups and Lobbying in the European Context
  • Corruption & Crime - Terror Nexus: Internal Security
  • Debt, Rules, and Politics in the Eurozone
  • Transforming African Politics
  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • EU Policy Evaluation
  • Freedom versus Security? Justice and Home Affairs in Europe
  • Changing China: People’s Republic in the 21st Century
  • Language Options

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group.

All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group. All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels. 

Students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies. Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Career prospects

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:

  • employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.),
  • research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks,
  • careers in government administration,
  • further postgraduate research at PhD level,
  • journalism,
  • international marketing or business.

Facilities & equipment

You will have access to:

  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals. The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: http://www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.

Visit the International Relations and Global Governance - MA page on the Aston University website for more details!

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