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Nottingham Trent University’s online MA in International Relations gives you a flexible way of gaining knowledge and exploring theories, policies and practices essential to furthering your expertise in this exciting field.

Through simulations and active participation, you’ll learn the value of theoretical debating and develop a deep understanding of the link between political economy and security within the complex world of global politics.

Course overview

Taught by an international team, with input from experts from across the globe, this course will expose you to different perspectives, insights and research approaches, giving you the competency and confidence to establish a relevant career anywhere in the world.

Our online MA in International Relations will help you to:

- examine the significance of international relations and evaluate its theoretical frameworks, concepts and methodologies

- critique key debates and communicate complex ideas

- demonstrate specialist knowledge of international policy

- evaluate qualitative and quantitative data and master advanced research methods

- demonstrate ethical insight into decision-making and problem-solving

Flexible and engaging online learning

NTU is committed to offering highly relevant courses, tailored to fit around your lifestyle and career. The online MA in International Relations course provides a flexible and engaging way to learn, with a number of ways to interact with the curriculum, including:

- video lectures

- real-life case studies

- interactive assignments

- social interaction

- digital tools and resources

- interactive academic support.

Course curriculum

The NTU online MA in International Relations is a modular course, completed over the course of two and a half years. It consists of 12 modules worth ten credits each, plus a dissertation worth 60 credits (total of 180 credits).

Core modules

- International Relations Theory

- Methodologies in International Relations Research

- War and Peace in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East and North Africa

- Security, Radicalisation and Terrorism in Europe

- The New World War: Terrorism in the Era of Globalisation

- Security in the Post-Soviet Space

- Women and Global Movements

- The New World Order: Global Governance and International Institutions

- The Political Economy of (Under-)Development

- The Rise and Fall of Hegemonic Powers: the USA, China and the Rest

- Order and Power in Europe

- Challenges to International Security in the Asia-Pacific

- Dissertation

Career Outlook

MA in International Relations graduates are highly employable in both public and private sectors due to their wide-ranging skills and competencies. After studying the course at NTU, students will be best placed to pursue a career in relevant government departments or international aid and development agencies. In the private sector, businesses are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international and global events and processes.

Start your journey today

Visit the Online Master of Arts in International Relations page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!




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