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International Relations (Distance Learning) - PgDip/PgCert/MA

Gain a grounding in research methods with our International Relations MA/PGDip/PGCert. Our course covers the central foundations of the contemporary discipline of International Relations. This has grown beyond the traditional concern with inter-state relations.

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit your studies around other competing demands. You will have full access to our e-learning facilities and interact online with a variety of learning activities. These cover a range of materials and guided online discussion and debate.

The course integrates research and teaching. And allows you to focus on your areas of interest through a range of optional modules.

You will benefit from links with international NGOs, many of which are based in Oxford. These include Oxfam and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID). 

Our graduates have built successful careers in a variety of disciplines including:

  • social work
  • management
  • teaching
  • lecturing
  • publishing
  • journalism.

Learning and teaching

Research is fundamental to the International Relations programme. You will be taught by a team of research-active scholars who are all specialists and publish in their areas of expertise. We include aspects of our research in all our courses, teach specialist modules in our areas of expertise and supervise dissertations in our specialist subjects.

We use a range of online teaching methods to aid the quality of learning opportunities for your' knowledge and understanding of International Relations.You will learn through the following methods:

  • narrated PowerPoints
  • videos
  • online discussion forums
  • online seminars
  • 1-1 essay clinics.

Learning and assessment

Students studying for the MA/PG Dip in International Relations (Distance Learning) are required to complete three compulsory modules during Semester 1 (20 credits each). And another three modules in Semester 2.

MA students are required to complete a 12,000-word dissertation. This will be on a topic related to any aspect of international relations. The dissertation also involves a presentation at an online dissertation seminar, where you will present your dissertation topic and proposal to your peers and members of staff.

Assessment

Assessment is conducted through a variety of assignments linked to the expected learning outcomes.

Assignments will include:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • projects
  • reports
  • your dissertation.

These will be spread over the year to provide constant feedback and assessment.

Research

Our vibrant research culture is driven by a thriving and collaborative community of academic staff and doctoral students. from across the globe.

83% of International Relations and Politics research was recognised internationally, and rated as either excellent or world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Our research is organised within the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society.

Within the Centre we run four dedicated research groups:

  • Critical Security Studies
  • International Political Theory
  • Cultures and Identities
  • State and Society.

As well as meeting to discuss and analyse central texts in the field each group undertakes a number of activities including:

  • organising work-in-progress seminars
  • offering support and feedback for external grant applications
  • hosting visiting fellows
  • sponsoring seminars and symposia.

Find out more by visiting our web pages and browsing our staff profiles.

Career prospects

The programme will appeal to students who have a broad interest in international affairs, and to those whose future work is likely to involve the public sphere in an international and global context. It is relevant to careers in media and general management, as well as in the civil service, intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations. It will also appeal to those wanting to progress to a research degree.

The range of topics is impressive and seems to cover the key problems that confront governments, politicians and international policy-makers: the environment, global governance, the role of global civil society, migration, international finance and terrorism

Tricia Feeney (Executive Director, Rights & Accountability in Development).


Visit the International Relations (Distance Learning) - PgDip/PgCert/MA page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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