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    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas



    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 Months Full-Time, 24 Months Part-Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


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  • Last Updated

    29 March 2019

International Relations and International Law programme give you a wider access to employment within international development and trade, government and political areas and knowledge of international law from a top 5 ranked School of Law (The Times Good University Guide 2019).

The programme allows you to study methods of international engagement to address key issues in contemporary international relations, This includes; international development and political economy, critical and human security, gender, identity, human rights and more. You learn the debates about globalisation, international institutions, international development and global political economy. You widen perspectives on culture and identity, citizenship and stabilisation of power. The programme gives you an interdisciplinary approach for global governance and law and you gain wider understanding of how international relations and international law are relevant to technology, economics, history, geography, sociology, criminology, diplomacy, international security, finance, human rights and more. Additional modules within international law ensure that you have a great range of knowledge and employment options in an advisory role.

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 and/or 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. 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, 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.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Theories and Concepts in International Relations
  • International Law
  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

Semester 2

  • A law option and international relations option


  • Global Security Issues
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • International Human Rights Law
  • The use of Force in International Law
  • International Energy Security

Semester 3

  • Dissertation in International Relations

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • 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 Omnissus (Aberdeen Law Project) and others. This will really help you apply your skills and give you confidence within actual practice.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

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