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International Relations (MA/PG Dip/PG Cert)

Course Description

Open up a world of opportunities by exploring some of the most pressing challenges facing nations today. From climate change and conflict to trade negotiations and social inequality, you will gain an understanding of these challenges at a local and global level.

You will discover how the subject of international relations has evolved, considering traditional theories and how they compare with contemporary thinking and current events. By studying global institutions such as the World Bank, United Nations and the EU, and the role they play on the political stage, you will gain an insight into how they deal with the shifting political and social issues that influence decision making at a regional, national and worldwide level.

You will also explore the impact of globalisation and its consequences for international society, enhancing your skills and capability in tackling the ethical challenges occurring in the world around you.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including social work and social policy.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/internationalrelations_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


You’ll have an in-depth understanding of the social and political challenges that affect nations around the globe, with the capacity to cope with these challenges in employment as well as political and social engagement. Our graduates have taken their qualification into a variety of areas, from roles within marketing and communications, to working for NATO and becoming an MP.

- Diplomat
- International Chrairty Worker
- Government Consultant
- Journalist

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our course incorporates a focus on employability, personal effectiveness, advocacy, activism and research skills. You'll have access to both student and academic members of staff with a variety of interests and expertise related to the study of International Relations, all of whom share an interest in rigorous academic study and a desire for progressive social change locally and globally.

Core Modules

Developing and Managing Projects
Consider how projects fit within organisations, and how they are developed, funded and managed. You will be introduced to the essential components including planning, evaluation, ethics and governance issues, and stakeholder engagement.

The European Union as a Global Actor
Understand international relations at a regional and inter-regional level by engaging with theoretical debates about the 'actorness' and the conceptualisation of power in the study of international relations.

Theories of International Relations
Learn how to deploy the principal classical and contemporary theories of International Relations by developing theory within the context of modern and historical case studies.

Theorising Human Rights
Explore the contested conceptualisation of human rights, via universalist/relativist and cosmopolitan/communitarian debates, and locate the theorisation of rights within the broad schools of international relations thought.

Research Methods
Deepen your awareness of research methodologies and approaches which are required in order to critique existing research and carry out masters level research.

Engage in critical depth with a research-based project aligned to your personal interests and professional aspirations.

Option Modules

Political Economy of Crisis and Global Governance
See crisis as a recurring theme in the international political economy, reflect on the meaning of the term crisis and compare between different types of crisis (and for who) conceptually and historically.

Political Economy of Globalisation
Critically examine the interrelationship between the theoretical rationale for globalisation and its policy and practice in relation to the issues of the political economy of development and growth.

Security Paradigms
Gain an understanding of contemporary security theory and challenges, and how this has evolved from a focus on the state to incorporate human security.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the International Relations (MA/PG Dip/PG Cert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

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