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Get to the root of world politics through the events that define our international environment.


There has never been a more exciting and important time to study world politics. The refugee crisis, epidemics like Ebola and Zika, terrorism, international conflict and nuclear tensions are just some of the issues that highlight how the complexity of international politics affects the lives of billions.

This course will enable you to understand contemporary international events, their causes and repercussions in great depth, through theoretical debates – and how those debates resonate in distinct issue areas and contexts.

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Advance your knowledge using core theoretical frameworks to explore a diverse choice of international topics that are creating new ways of thinking, relating and living, in a changing global environment.

This course will give you a firm grounding in the fundamental principles of International Relations. You'll also learn to analyse and address specific global questions and you'll engage with the latest research via debate and discussion.

You have a choice of optional modules that will allow you to tailor the course to your interests, from themes and theories in International Relations, to new security challenges and more.

You will study two core modules:
-Themes and Theories in International Relations
-New Security Challenges

From a broad range of option modules you’ll have the opportunity to focus on and develop expertise in the areas that you feel most passionate about.

During the summer term and vacation you will consolidate your interests in a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice. You'll have a dissertation supervisor who will provide regular guidance and will be able to comment on your dissertation.


Our students go on to careers in international organisations, the media, law, the civil service, politics, journalism and business.

This MA course is an excellent pathway to careers in a wide range of private and public sector organisations, and for further academic study in international relations and political science.

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




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