The course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping global politics and state and inter-state relations, as well as an appreciation of the context of international relations in terms of global inequalities, power and environmental risks.
Our students come to us from all over the world, so you will be working in an international environment. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career working in a global body, government department or organisation dealing with international policy.
You will also be encouraged to improve your research skills and learn how to take an active part in international and academic conferences and debates.
This course offers a unique combination of critical thinking in relation to international relations and the study of global environmental politics. We were the first university to offer this special focus on the environment, which has become a central issue of global relations.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
You will study three core modules leading up to a dissertation of 15,000 words. The first module focuses on the Critical Theories of International Relations and then you will look in detail at Global Environmental Politics - one of the key issues and potential crises facing the international community in the 21st century. These modules have been much enjoyed by students on the programme and described by External Examiners as “cutting edge” in their content.
The third module will give you experience of Qualitative Research Methods, equipping for your research project. For this you can choose a subject linked to your previous professional interest or a completely different area for analysis.
There are also optional modules to choose from, including Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, International Human Rights, Law and Policy in the Middle East and an Introduction to Forced Migration.
Our academic team are actively involved in shaping the global debate on many of these issues and will guide you through the modules with creative learning methods, feedback and advice.
YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Some of our students have already worked in an international relations environment while others are looking to start a career in the area.
Many aspire to work for the United Nations or to develop a career in international policy or development at a government level. Some have used the skills they have developed on the course to forge careers in local as well as national government.
Our course will give you the advanced skills to take your career to a new level. You will also learn how to work in an international environment and how to influence the debate.
Critical Theories International Relations (core) Global Environmental Politics (core) Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists (core) Cultural Encounters in International Relations (optional) Introduction to Forced Migration (optional) Migration, Citizenship and Social Policy (optional) War and Human Rights (optional) Current Issues and Research in International Law (optional) Law and Policy in the Middle East (optional) Dissertation (core)