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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019

Course content

Overview

This course will provide you with a solid grounding in the philosophical and practical aspects of international political analysis.

You will be introduced to key concepts such as power, agency, the state, international society and order. This course can be tailored to your interests and career aspirations through the wide range of optional modules.

Teaching is informed by the research interests of our academic staff, who are well-established leaders in the field of international relations, covering:

  • diplomacy in the Middle East and Asia
  • global civil society and global justice
  • globalisation
  • human security and humanitarianism
  • intelligence and national security
  • international human rights and war crimes
  • international political economy
  • international relations theory
  • justice beyond borders
  • terrorism, guerrilla war and low intensity conflict
  • United States foreign and security policy

Key facts

  • Top 100 worldwide for politics and international relations in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • Committed to excellence in teaching, having won 13 Higher Education Academy awards
  • Expert academics who contribute to public debate through national and international media, including appearing on BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, the BBC World Service and in such publications as The Guardian, The New York Times and Le Monde

Course details

This course is made up of a 20-credit core module, 20-credit methodology module and 80 credits of optional modules, plus a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.

Assessment

Assessment for taught modules takes place at the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and/or exams, with some modules also requiring an assessed presentation.

Modules

Core modules

  • Theories and Concepts in International Relations
  • Dissertation on International Relations/International Studies

At least one of:

  • Designing Political Enquiry
  • Quantitative Political Analysis

Optional modules

  • China and the World
  • Comparative Democratic Development
  • Contemporary Warfare
  • Democracy and Elites in 20th Century Europe and America
  • Disasters, Rehabilitation and Resilience
  • EU-China: Trade, Aid and Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century
  • Gender and Development
  • Global Asia
  • Government and Politics of China
  • Institutions, Governance and International Development
  • International Political Economy
  • Justice Beyond Borders: Theories of International and Intergenerational Justice
  • The Politics of South Asia
  • Russia in the World Today
  • Secret Intelligence and International Security
  • Special Project A
  • Special Project B
  • Terrorism and Insurgencies
  • The Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
  • War, Peace and Terror
  • When Does Russia Expand and Why?

Careers and professional development

This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of fields, such as national government, international organisations, international trade, and non-governmental organisations.

Many students take an active role in politics throughout their time in the school, and after. Politics is an ideal academic discipline if you are interested in a career in politics or government. Other students go into a range of careers, including management, marketing, teaching and broadcasting.

Recent graduate destinations include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.

Placements

We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.

Progression

If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.

Employability and average starting salary

95.2% of postgraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


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

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