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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 course page for more information.

  • Last Updated

    01 August 2019

About this course

LJMU's innovative MA International Relations provides a grounding in key theories while examining in depth issues of enduring international significance

  • Learn from experts and practitioners in the field of International Relations
  • Benefit from assistance when organising an internship
  • Apply for Erasmus funding which is available for internships in Europe
  • Enjoy free field trips to explore the complex workings of institutions and think tanks
  • Attend the Perspectives in IR research seminar series
  • Learn a language online through Rosetta Stone
  • Join a highly motivated postgraduate research community

This fascinating programme takes an expanded definition of International Relations and covers a range of subjects from economics, politics, law and culture to examining the actions of international organisations, nation-states and non-state actors. 

It provides you with an essential grounding in international relations theory and also provides a range of specialist modules which examine in depth issues of enduring international significance: conflict, the United Nations, international affairs in the Asia-Pacific region, and the role of humanitarian actions by state and non-state actors.

In addition to the cross-Faculty taught aspects of the MA, the programme recognises the importance of networking by obtaining employment in a related field. This is why we will hold and attend regular events and workshops with experts in a variety of fields, and support you in arranging work-based learning if interested.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core Modules

  • Understanding International Relations 
  • Research Methods for International Relations 
  • The War/Peace Cycle 
  • Research Project in International Relations 

Optional Modules

  • War and Peace in Africa Since 1990 
  • Conflict and Warfare in International Law 
  • The United Nations, International Security and Global Justice 
  • EU Foreign Security and Justice Policy 
  • Gendered Perspectives on International Law 
  • Statehood, People and Statelessness 
  • Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights 
  • US Democracy Promotion in the Contemporary World 
  • The United States and the Nuclear Proliferation Conundrum 
  • International Politics and Development in Asia-Pacific
  • Colonial and Post-Colonial Statebuilding in the 19th to 21st Centuries
  • International Theories And The Non-Western World
  • Latin America and the Cold War

Visit the International Relations page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

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