The MA International Relations provides a substantial introduction to the main theoretical debates that shape the discipline and offers excellent preparation for undertaking a research degree.
International Relations is today, an exciting and important discipline of study. It addresses key issues associated with the way countries of the world co-exist in the face of rapid change. The 20th Century has witnessed two world wars and a forty-five year Cold War. It has seen huge technological changes that affect conflict, communications, trade and culture.
It has witnessed the mass movement of people and the growing sophistication of global economic networks. Addressing a wide range of issues, International Relations theorists are at the heart of debates that characterise early 21st Century academic discourse. Critical theorists, post-modernists and gender theorists, contrast with more traditional theorists of conflict, diplomacy and power politics.
Andrew Taylor is a fundraising officer with the World Development Movement – a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that fights for economic justice and inequality.
Now aged 29, Andrew graduated in 2006 with a degree in Journalism and Sociology, and completed an MA in International Relations the following year.
It was while working on his Masters, he found himself drawn to the idea of a career in the voluntary sector.
“I initially wanted to be a journalist,” he says. “But, I found myself selecting the political options within my degree.
“I knew I wanted to do something that had real social value, rather than perhaps the highest-paying job.”
His latest journey to Indonesia in 2013 with the London based-NGO was to research the impact of coal extraction on local communities – an experience that was often traumatic.
He says: “Indonesia is a country of incredible diversity, fascinating cultures and some of the friendliest and most welcoming people I have ever met. It is also a place where huge areas of forest and the people that rely on it are under threat from palm oil, logging and coal mining.
“I saw first-hand the incredible damage that mining can do, both to communities and the landscape. It’s a strange and unnerving experience to walk through the beautiful forests of Borneo listening to nothing but the sounds of nature, only to then have it drowned out by the relentless drone of trucks as you approach a nearby mine.”
Nevertheless, Andrew could not imagine switching to a more conventional career.
“I am very lucky that I get to work for an organisation whose work I strongly believe in. I started volunteering as a fundraiser at the World Development Movement in mid-2008 in various capacities, and have been promoted since then,” he said.
The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000 Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500 Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000
Value of Scholarship(s)
Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda Europe: Norway and Turkey East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
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