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MA in International Relations

Course Description

MA International Relations is concerned with the historical, political, diplomatic, cultural and economic interaction between East and West, Asia and Europe, the ‘Orient’ and the ‘Occident’, bridged by countries in the Middle East, and seen through the prism of other nations and regions. Alongside this, postgraduate International Relations will explore the key ideas of international justice, human rights, war-crimes and terrorism, civil liberties and development of democracy in the contemporary global system. Studying International Relations at UCLan, you will also be able to tailor the course to your own areas of interests, with optional modules on other areas and world regions.
You will learn to work skilfully and confidently with ideas and theoretical concepts in International Relations, tackling the most urgent and interesting questions in modern World Politics. You will look behind the scenes of the rise of emerging powers, and you will have many opportunities to undertake in-depth study of states such as China, India and Russia, and of regions such as East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

UCLan’s postgraduate International Relations course enjoys strong links with a range of professional bodies including:
University Association for Contemporary European Studies (London)
Political Studies Association (PSA)
Asia-Europe Foundation (Singapore)
European Institute for Asian Studies (Brussels)
International Institute for Asian Studies (The Hague)
Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (Copenhagen)
The Asia-Europe Institute at the University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

The MA in IR draws upon the academic strengthens and interests of the course team, all of whom are research active and experts in their respective fields. Generally speaking, Semester 1 provides the broad conceptual and theoretical underpinning of the programme. Students choose from a range of specialist modules in Semester 2, covering a range of geographical areas and specific themes such as Gender and International Relations, War, Conflict and Commemoration, and Espionage and Intelligence. Content, however, is likely to vary from year to year, reflecting an ever changing world and personal availability. A dissertation is completed in Semester 3.


Concepts and Theories in IR (Core)
International Relations: 1945-2000 (Core)
Contemporary Issues in IR (Core)
Research Methods in IR (Core)
Espionage and Secret Intelligence (Option)
Dissertation in IR (Core)
International Relations in the Middle East (Option)
Religion and Global Dialogue (Option)
Gender and International Relations (Option)
War, Conflict and Commemoration (Option)

Visit the MA in International Relations page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st degree in Politics, International Relations and related discipline; upper second desirable but willing to consider each case on its merits International students (English Language Requirements): IELTS score 6.5 or equivalent international tests

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