This cutting-edge Masters programme, delivered over one full academic year, broadens students' global perspectives on issues of governance and contemporary international relations. Students can choose from a wide range of elective modules, such as International Ethics, International Security, Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism, and Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance. Graduates of this programme forge careers working for international organisations, governments and global political institutions.
Subject guide & modules
Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.
Core Modules -International Relations Theory (LPM006) -Globalisation, Regionalism, and Global Governance (LPM026) -Dissertation (LRM005)
Choice of options totalling 80 Aston credits. Note that not all options will be available in any given year due to periods of staff research leave. -The EU as a Global Actor (LPM020) -The EU: A Web of Institutions (LPM007) -Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context (LPM011) -Europe’s Regions and their Governance (LPM013) -Asia-Europe Relations:Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism (LPM014) -Religion and Politics (LPM015) -Security and Defence in Europe (LPM022) -International Political Communication (LPM023) -Concepts and strategies for social researchers (LPM003) -International Ethics and Literature (LPM027) -Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective:The US and Europe (LPM029) -International Security (LPM034) -Comparative and International Political Economy (LPM036) -EU Law and PolicyMaking (LPM037) -Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science (LPM038) -Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis (LPM039) -Rethinking European Integration (LPM040) -International Political Thought (LPM016) -20 credit Module from the University Wide Language Programme
Learning, teaching & assessment
You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group.
All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels.
All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies. Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.
All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include: -Employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.) -Research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks -Careers in government administration -Further postgraduate research at PhD level -Journalism -International marketing or business
The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers 3 x £5,000 scholarships towards tuition fees in the 2015/16 academic year.If you wish to be considered for the scholarship you must submit an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following: "How will the LSS MA/MSc Scholarship enhance your career prospects and help you achieve your academic and professional goals? How would you benefit from a scholarship and what difference would it make to you?"
Value of Scholarship(s)
The scholarships are available to all students (full-time, part-time, on campus and distance learning) enrolling on LSS MA/ MSc programmes in 2015/16.
Email your completed essay to [email protected] NOTE: Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an MA/MSc programme at LSS commencing at Aston University in October 2015.
CELCA Scholarship: For MA students with native speaker competence in English
The exact nature of this work will be decided at the beginning of the programme but may include providing support to international Postgraduate and International Year Abroad students, the IELTS team, deliver speaking classes for our IYA (International Year Abroad) and KYA (Kansai Year Abroad) students, help conference and workshop organisers, academic visitors or students with special needs. The work will often take place at different times every week - depending on the projects you support.
Value of Scholarship(s)
The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers 3 x £3000 bursaries towards the cost of the MA tuition fees for students with native speaker competence in English. In return, the students will complete up to six hours a week pastoral work for the School.
If you wish to be considered for the bursary, you must submit an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following:What do you consider to be your major strengths and weaknesses? How would you be able to support international students on programmes in the School of Languages and Social Sciences?Email your completed essay to [email protected] NOTE: Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an MA programme (taught on-campus) at LSS commencing at Aston University October 2015.