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About the course

The MA International Relations deals with the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century from a critical perspective.

On this International Relations degree, you will engage with a variety of approaches essential to understanding contemporary world politics. You will learn the foundations of classic International Relations, and will also be challenged with a wealth of critical and unorthodox approaches.

Truly international approaches

You will learn to move beyond the standard canon of textbook theories, and to study International Relations using an interdisciplinary approach, paying particular attention to the complex relationship between power, culture, and identity.

Instead of replicating state-centred and Eurocentric caricatures of international politics, the programme also

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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Open days

15 March 2021
Postgraduate Virtual Open Day - 15-19 March 2021

Where is Goldsmiths, University of London


Student Profile(s)

Nick Davies

146.gif Before attending Goldsmiths I worked in the music business for quite a few years, followed by work in local government and central government. Whilst I was working for the government I decided I wanted to get more involved in international policy as I was working on domestic policy, and to get involved in foreign policy I needed to obtain an MA in international politics.

After much research on which uni to attend I chose Goldsmiths for its diverse approach to study and in particular the area of politics. The course is made up of diverse areas of study, which go to giving you a well-rounded and informed view of international studies. Some aspects of the programme I was unsure of but these have turned out to be the areas which I have enjoyed the most – particularly the areas of postcolonial studies and knowledge systems. The course itself is very dynamic with lots of reading and information to understand and analyse; it has been very hard work but rewarding.

Goldsmiths as a college is a diverse place to study, with lots of arts and politics leading to lively discussions with other students in the Students' Union, and even the queue for a sandwich can turn into an interesting discussion. I am now working on my dissertation and on completion I hope to go back to working in government in an international capacity or working at a think tank looking at foreign policy issues.

Renan de Souza

As an International Affairs Analyst for CNN in Brazil, I need to analyse current world politics in real-time. The MA International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London prepared me well for this. It gave me the analytical tools that are key to my job and made me stand out in the competitive job market in the first place. During my studies, I learned to analyse contemporary international relations from a variety of critical perspectives. In the seminars, my lecturers often pushed me to think creatively outside the box. Beyond theories and academic analyses, the course also offered me the possibility to sharpen my job profile and gain real-world experience during a work placement module. As part of my studies, I thus worked for a human rights organisation on the situation of conflict and peace in Colombia. In doing so, I gained relevant experience in advocacy on human rights, international development and peacebuilding, including informing British MPs about the situation in Colombia. I thus feel that the MA International Relations at Goldsmiths offered the perfect combination of theory and practice.

I am the winner of the Chevening Scholarship Program awarded by the British Government to study in the United Kingdom. I was selected through a competitive process involving over 60,000 candidates from all over the world. Moreover, I am also the winner of the Gobernador Enrique Tomas Cresto award granted by the Argentine Senate recognising me as a leader of Latin America and highlighting my contribution to the continent's development. I was the youngest person in history to receive this award. In 2020, I was nominated to 2020 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD). In support of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nation's General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development of Africa, it's people on the continent and across it's Diaspora.

Amanda Dietsch

My work placement experience at Mercy Corps was a fantastic opportunity that allowed me to bridge the coursework with applicable, transferable skills I was able to foster throughout my time there. I enjoyed getting to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team working on a project start to finish that was tackling pressing issues in our world today, understanding Climate Change and Conflict nexus in fragile regions. I also was able to see what all goes into putting on a forum with different actors in this space, to have a more in-depth discussion about the multi-layered solutions for a global problem. Getting to have work experience at Mercy Corps gave me a taste of what future humanitarian work will look like after finishing the course. The people I have met at Mercy Corps has allowed me to build connections with individuals across different sectors that will help me on my path to building a meaningful career.


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