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Course content

The MA in International Relations is designed to develop global awareness, an understanding of the complexity of contempory international arenas, and a sense of how policies can address rapid, sophisticated change.

Why choose this course?

Teaching on the course is from a truly international team and attracts a cohort from across the world. This allows you to consider many different international viewpoints and offers a thoroughly holistic learning experience. You will gain an advanced and critical understanding of International Relations Theories, Policies and Practices.

Students on this course all have the opportunity to participate in seminars, workshops and joint work with students of other postgraduate courses. This provides opportunities for you to meet and interact with our thriving research community.

Teaching on the course is drawn directly from regionally aligned research strengths in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, and Europe. This research feeds directly into the course allowing you to learn about the latest issues in this field from world-renowned experts.

Core modules

Students will study modules specially designed to impart theoretical knowledge, research and practical skills.

Modules may include:

International Relations Theories;
Political Economy of International Security;
Researching Political Issues;
Dissertation or Work-based Research Project.
This final core component of the MA International Relations course is an extended piece of written work, which entails two options. The first 'standard' option comprises the development of a coherent and viable research proposal on a topic of your choice, with its eventual assessment being a dissertation.
The other option involves a period of work-based learning, spending time engaging with a chosen institution or community-based organisation either in the local Nottinghamshire community or further afield. Here, in contrast to the development of a research proposal geared for the completion of a standard dissertation, your assessment will comprise a research plan of how you intend to draw on your experiences, which ultimately will culminate in a written work-based project.

You may also be able to choose one of the following optional modules:

Global Governance and International Institutions;
Sustainability, Citizenship and Identity.

For more information about the modules that you may study on this course visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/pgir

Delivery and Assessment

The course is delivered through workshops, lectures and small group seminars. Assessment involves coursework, report writing, presentations and project-based work. There are also class tests, critical reviews, and critical bibliographies to prepare.

Career development

By nature, the International Relations subject aims to foster your Global Citizenship characteristics with the discipline’s focus on openness to the world, and its focus on sustainability issues. In addition, the knowledge and skills that you attain are generally those that employers in a variety of different sectors seek, which means that as an International Relations graduate you should have a good opportunity to promote yourself to suitable employers.

As an International Relations graduate from this course you will have had the opportunity to reflect on the subject and transferable skills that you have learned while preparing coursework, and those include expertise in writing complex yet concise analytical pieces, develop and implement projects, and the ability to present in-depth ideas with confidence. You will also have been helped and encouraged to articulate those skills in relation to particular occupations that you may be interested in pursuing. The course also focuses on developing the following skills: communication, time-management, team-working, and IT/modern technologies. Each module on this course is designed to engage students in developing these skills which often form part of assessed assignments.


The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Open Evenings

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

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





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