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Our International Relations MA course is especially designed for those with an interdisciplinary background who wish to fully comprehend core issues and approaches within International Relations post 9/11.

In today’s society the emergence of transnational economies, increased global communications, the movement of people, cultures and ideas are reshaping the notions of citizenship and community. With this the increase in sectarian violence and new fundamentalisms are challenging security on an individual to international level. With this in mind, there has never been a more interesting time or a greater need for the study of International Relations. The subject gives you a thorough and sensitive knowledge of interests, ethnicities and cultures allowing you to understand the global condition.

Why study with us?

International Relations is a vital and dynamic subject that offers you an interdisciplinary exploration of human interaction. It is not so much a single discipline; rather it is a study of a particular type of behaviour whose comprehension requires the insight and methods of a number of disciplines. Although your MA is set within a strong political and sociological framework, the course is enhanced through the support of Law, History, and American Studies.

Studying International Relations provides you with an opportunity to engage with and adapt to the changing international, national and regional realities post 9/11. The security implications of the events of 9/11, and the impact of global developments on everyday lives, are present in the public mind as never before. Current topical issues are explored through this course including:

  • nuclear proliferation
  • international crime and terrorism
  • Israel and Palestine
  • western intervention and civil war in Iraq

International Relations develops your critical awareness, conceptual understanding, research methods and the way that you apply your knowledge. Your MA will provide you with an appropriate set of intellectual skills to enable you to come to more informed and effective conclusions in an ‘ever-changing’ global context.

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It is our aim to complement your existing knowledge and build upon your first degree, giving you transferable capabilities and a specialist area of knowledge. This course provides you with a unique opportunity for you to study at a very high level for a postgraduate degree with global relevance, regardless of whether you have studied this subject previously or not.

The MA offers an exciting opportunity for graduates to develop their understanding of international affairs both theoretically and through your own or others’ experience.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Previous students have used our MA in a variety of ways. It can be a bridge to further study – with several former students having gone on to do a PhD. As a prestigious qualification, the MA can enhance your career opportunities in a wide range of occupations, for example, teachers have used the course to gain curriculum knowledge and further their career progression. Many students take the course purely because they have enjoyed History as a degree or as a personal interest and wish to pursue the subject further. This course will complement your existing qualifications. Additionally, it is envisaged that the breadth and depth of the course will provide you with a suitable background for careers in public and private sectors, where there is a need for international expertise.

The award of MA demonstrates an intellectual flexibility and high level of analytical, written and verbal skills. This MA will give you a distinctive advantage in a highly competitive and expanding graduate employment market. Employers report that those with a background in International Relations are more likely to find a career in the rapidly changing international environment than those with another form of postgraduate qualification.

The MA International Relations aims to provide you with a suitable foundation for careers in both private and public sectors where there is a need for international sensitivity. If you are wishing to engage in later doctoral research or in careers within voluntary organisations, the civil and diplomatic service, international organisations, research posts or journalism you will particularly benefit from studying this course. We have excellent links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Members of European Parliament and representatives from the United Nations, as well as a number of pressure groups.


Visit the International Relations - MA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

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