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About the course

International Relations presents policy-makers and scholars with a wide range of issues that require analysis and evaluation. Students graduating with a Master’s degree in International Relations will be equipped to understand and interpret these issues more deeply and to think creatively about the challenges facing the world in the 21st Century.

Students on this course will benefit from:

Research-led teaching: courses on the International Relations MA are designed and taught by international renowned researchers in
International Relations, Contemporary History, and Law.

The department hosts an active guest lecture series featuring leading scholars and thinkers in the area of International Relations, Politics, and History.

Students takings the Brunel MA in International Relations will have the opportunity to become members of the leading British think-tank, Chatham House.


The Brunel MA in International Relations will develop your knowledge of this evolving discipline and will provide you with the opportunity to study topics across its key sub-fields.

Course Content

The MA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory modules:

Evolution of International Relations

Choose at least one of the following:

International Security
International Political Economy

Optional modules:

China and Contemporary Geopolitics
The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001
Middle East Security
Democracy and Intervention
Imperialism and Culture
Multiculturalism and Human Rights


Assessment varies by essay, dissertation and examination.

A Master’s degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard.

Special Features

Courses are designed and taught by world-renowned experts in politics, international relations, public policy and contemporary history.

The department has a distinctive concentration of expertise in the history of modern political thought.

We have close links with government, industry, and international organisations, with guest lectures from key political, intelligence, and business figures, as well as placement opportunities in some courses.

Academic staff are dedicated to furthering knowledge in their particular fields.

Visit the International Relations - MA page on the Brunel University London website for more details!




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