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Course content

This programme takes account of the perspectives and concerns of non-core states in international relations - developing countries and countries in transition or conflict, and those states marginalised in the global system. How do these states manage political relations in the international system? What impact do international regimes and international law have upon international politics? To what extent can the non-core states influence the global order? Can we identify changes to the global order from new emerging powers in the 21st century?

The programme develops critical perspectives on theory and practice in international affairs, and enables students to understand and evaluate issues in the contemporary global arena. It also develops key analytical skills associated with thinking, speaking and writing clearly and critically about contemporary international issues, and provides a firm foundation for students who wish to pursue further research leading to a PhD degree.

The programme is likely to appeal to those who have a broad interest in international relations, including those whose future employment is likely to involve the public, private and/or non-governmental sphere in an international context.

The aims of the programme are:

To provide students with an opportunity to study international relations with a particular focus on the perspectives, experience and problems facing non-core states in the international system, including developing countries, and marginal and weak states
To provide students with a grounding in the normative and explanatory theoretical frameworks used to study international politics
To enable students to develop and apply their knowledge and skills to the understanding and evaluation of international issues and how these impact upon human rights, globalisation, inequality, international crime and terrorism, security and insecurity
To explore the nature of the global governance system, the role of contemporary power politics, and the capacity of different state actors to shape this system
To enable students to develop key generic skills in critical thinking, conceptual analysis, research, and oral and written communication of information and arguments.


Essays, written assignments, project work, presentations and a dissertation.

Career options

Possibilities of a wide range of career opportunities where an international outlook is required, for example international diplomacy, journalism and the mass media, think-tanks and research institutes, multi-national business and general management, campaign and lobbying organisations, the public sector and the Civil Service. It can also offer sound preparation for a research degree in international politics, possibly leading to an academic career.

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






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