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Course content

Our International Relations MA Is an opportunity to explore in depth the topics of globalisation, ethics and human rights, the international political economy, war, political violence and security through the contending perspectives of politics and international relations, philosophy and social theory. You will be taught by world leading experts, who will help you to develop the skills to undertake an extended research project on a topic of your choice.

Key benefits

  • Unique opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary department devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations.
  • Develop skills of in-depth and critical analysis of international politics, and become familiar with the latest, cutting-edge research in the discipline.
  • Be part of a vibrant research community, world-renowned staff and an international student body who are drawn from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
  • You will be taught by some of the very best academics in the field. Our Department staff publish world-leading research and are committed to offering outstanding research-led teaching and training.
  • A focus on conceptual, methodological and analytical issues.
  • A chance to network and connect with visiting academics, government ministers, diplomats and other experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.
  • We have an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies and institutions both in the UK and abroad.
  • Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages. 

Description

Our International Relations MA will provide you with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping the world and of the challenges that these pose both to individual states and to the international community. The movement of monies and peoples, the emergence of network organisations that transcend state boundaries, the impact of a global media and information technology, the rise of identity politics, regional integration, as well as warfare on a global scale, have all had a transformative impact on the state, inter-state relations and global politics.

Course purpose

The aim of this course is to provide you with the capacity to engage critically with the literature in the field of international relations and the ways in which this literature interprets the empirical world of global politics.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

Per 40 credit module you will typically have two hours per week over two 10-week terms. This can be split into one lecture + one seminar or combinations thereof, as well as 360 hours of self-study. For the dissertation module, you will have 12 hours of training workshops and supervision, to complement 588 hours of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Most modules will be assessed through a combination of essays, presentation, oral vivas and/or exams.

The dissertation module assessment will be based on a 80% dissertation assignment (up to 15,000 words) and a 20% dissertation proposal.

Career prospects

War Studies Graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, the UN or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, Foreign Policy Fellow.

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