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  • Develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of critically-orientated international relations
  • Conduct research into pressing global issues such as foreign policy, gender, global ethics, environmental politics and terrorism
  • Benefit from a research master's that will prepare you for a specialist doctoral programme

Course description

International Relations is one of the most popular courses at postgraduate level. You will be taught and supervised by experienced staff with strong interests in critical approaches to the study of global politics.

Course units cover a wide range of global issues:

  • authority;
  • citizenship;
  • foreign policy (both China and US);
  • gender;
  • war and peace;
  • global ethics;
  • human rights;
  • media;
  • environmental politics;
  • security studies;
  • terrorism.

Two units form the centrepiece of our course: the Graduate Seminar in International Politics and Critical Thinkers in International Politics. These units are designed to develop transferable skills in critical inquiry, creative thinking, research design and problem-solving. You will also complete a major research dissertation, with the guidance of a member of staff in international politics.

Being a part of a postgraduate community, you are encouraged to participate in the Critical Global Politics research cluster, who organise a seminar series attracting high profile speakers, including: Cynthia Enloe, Cynthia Weber, Nick Vaughan-Williams, Marysia Zalewski and Laura Shepherd, among others. 

This route will suit those wishing to obtain a high-level specialist subject qualification and the course will appeal to students interested in developing a deeper knowledge and understanding of critically-orientated international relations.

The diversity of the course also makes it a suitable introduction to the study of global politics. Those wishing to pursue a research training qualification or a PhD are advised to explore the International Relations (Research) route.

This course is designed for students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to careers in fields related to government and non-governmental organisations.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time course.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory course units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Facilities

The School of Social Sciences students are supported by first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas. You will also have access to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

Career opportunities

Former graduates have gone on to work for international organisations including NATO and the UNDP, or for foreign offices.

The course, would also be suitable for students wishing to go into teaching, journalism or any career where advanced knowledge of international politics coupled with an excellent capacity to communicate effectively will be an advantage.

As a School of Social Sciences postgraduate at Manchester, you will have access to a wide range of careers support tailored to your career or further study.

For more information, see careers and employability .


Visit the MA International Relations (Research) page on the The University of Manchester website for more details!

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