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  • How is the global financial crisis affecting international politics?
  • Do foreign military interventions in civil wars help or hinder peace-making?
  • Why are economic resources so unevenly spread across the world, and what are the prospects for global justice?

If you are interested in these questions, and want to know more, then the PGCert in International Relations is the programme for you. Staff in the School have internationally recognised research strengths in the politics of the developing world, globalisation and development, conflict and war, and critical theory, as well as regional expertise in South America, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This programme:

  • Will provide you with a set of cutting-edge analytical skills and knowledge that will allow you to think talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as providing a firm foundation for further study
  • Is concerned with analysing the key theoretical and empirical issues in international relations
  • Will discuss the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in international relations, including state sovereignty and international order, conflict and war, human rights and the political economy of North-South relations
  • Will undertake a critical survey of the main theories and concepts associated with the study of international politics.

Structure

The PGCert in International Relations is currently available for full time study over one semester, beginning in September.

Students must undertake two compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary World Politics, Theories, Concepts, Themes and
  • International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context

For more information

Visit the School of Politics and International Relations webpages.

Learning and teaching

Both modules will be delivered at the ULIP campus by Queen Mary faculty staff in the form of lectures and seminars. Module convenors also hold weekly drop in hours. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent study

For every hour spent in formal study you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework only and this is usually in the form of research essays. The course convener offers guidance and support on research and writing of assessments.

Fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:


Visit the PGCert International Relations (Paris) 1 semester page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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