The MA in International Relations provides students with:
- A unique postgraduate experience designed to train graduates pursuing international careers in administration, diplomacy, policy formation and research - The opportunity to study in an internationally diverse postgraduate community - An enthusiastic and approachable teaching team who are internationally renowned experts in their research fields - A clear geographical perspective to international relations and a solid analytical framework in a unique blend of theory and empirical analysis - Insight into contemporary international relations and the dimensions of political interactions.
The programme offers a distinctive focus on security issues, with academic expertise in both international security and European homeland security. You will gain an insight into the interplay of international power, order and institutions.
The Masters in International Relations (MAIR) may be taken full-time (one year) or part-time and includes PG Certificate and PG Diploma qualifications.
The first semester comprises an advanced introduction to the core elements of the field of International Relations.
The second semester encourages the student to focus on the department’s key strengths in conflict and security, European studies, and politics and society.
Students prepare a dissertation during the final three months of the programme, drawing on core ideas in undertaking a more sustained piece of research on a question that they themselves identify.
Examples of themes for dissertations include peace resolution in the Balkans, the EU’s external action agency, EU-China relations, international intervention and the ‘right-to-protect’, eco-politics and sustainability, ethnic belonging and desecuritization, bio-terrorism, and counter-terrorist policies.
- International relations theories - Scopes & methods of politics & international relations - Foreign policy making & analysis - International organisations in world politics - International relations Masters dissertation
- Comparative European politics - International security: theories and concepts - Memory culture – memory politics - Governance, security and development in East and South East Asia - Organised Crime in Europe: threats and challenges - International security: the contemporary agenda - Britain and Europe - International relations of South and Central Asia - Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime - Theories of conflict and conflict resolution
Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.
Methods of assessment
Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects and oral presentations.
We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.
Graduates from our MA International Relations acquire broad knowledge about politics and policy-making in contemporary Europe and the role of Europe as a global player, as well as essential skills to apply this knowledge in a wide variety of professional contexts. They are well-equipped to pursue successful careers in international organisations, multinational corporations, public bodies and think tanks.
Particularly outstanding candidates with an interest in academia can also proceed to doctoral research.
About the department
The Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/polis/) is one of the largest departments in the University.
Many staff are leading scholars in their field and are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.
International and industrial links:
- Our department has links with 22 Erasmus partner institutions, as well as universities in Russia and Mexico.
- Research students regularly engage in fieldwork abroad, especially in the countries of the European Union, but also in Russia, Latin America and the United States.
- Students on the Euromasters programme study at two or three different sites in either Europe or the USA.
- In the case of the MA Interpreting & Translating and the MA Translation & Professional Language Skills, a number of work placements in Western Europe are made available to students in the language services of international organisations, government departments and commercial enterprises.
Experts from our department are publishing regularly in the most highly ranked international journals.
Our academic expertise and research activities are organised into three broad Research Clusters:
- Conflict, Security & International Order - Governance, Citizenship & Policy - Memory, History & Identity
- International collaboration: Many staff are internationally leading scholars in their field. We are involved in a wide range of research activities, including collaborative projects at both national and international levels.
Projects are funded by a variety of bodies such as:
- Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) - European Commission Framework Programme - Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Stimulating cutting edge research: Our diversity and the disciplinary mix of political science, political theory, policy analysis, social anthropology, political sociology and others make for a very stimulating environment for students to develop their own research projects.
The integration of our research community is further enhanced through the International Relations & European Politics (IREP) postgraduate group.