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MSc International Relations


Course Description

The course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping global politics and state and inter-state relations, as well as an appreciation of the context of international relations in terms of global inequalities, power and environmental risks.

Our students come to us from all over the world, so you will be working in an international environment. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career working in a global body, government department or organisation dealing with international policy.

You will also be encouraged to improve your research skills and learn how to take an active part in international and academic conferences and debates.

This course offers a unique combination of critical thinking in relation to international relations and the study of global environmental politics. We were the first university to offer this special focus on the environment, which has become a central issue of global relations.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

You will study three core modules leading up to a dissertation of 15,000 words. The first module focuses on the Critical Theories of International Relations and then you will look in detail at Global Environmental Politics - one of the key issues and potential crises facing the international community in the 21st century. These modules have been much enjoyed by students on the programme and described by External Examiners as “cutting edge” in their content.

The third module will give you experience of Qualitative Research Methods, equipping for your research project. For this you can choose a subject linked to your previous professional interest or a completely different area for analysis.

There are also optional modules to choose from, including Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, International Human Rights, Law and Policy in the Middle East and an Introduction to Forced Migration.

Our academic team are actively involved in shaping the global debate on many of these issues and will guide you through the modules with creative learning methods, feedback and advice.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Some of our students have already worked in an international relations environment while others are looking to start a career in the area.

Many aspire to work for the United Nations or to develop a career in international policy or development at a government level. Some have used the skills they have developed on the course to forge careers in local as well as national government.

Our course will give you the advanced skills to take your career to a new level. You will also learn how to work in an international environment and how to influence the debate.

MODULES

Critical Theories International Relations (core)
Global Environmental Politics (core)
Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists (core)
Cultural Encounters in International Relations (optional)
Introduction to Forced Migration (optional)
Migration, Citizenship and Social Policy (optional)
War and Human Rights (optional)
Current Issues and Research in International Law (optional)
Law and Policy in the Middle East (optional)
Dissertation (core)

Visit the MSc International Relations page on the University of East London website for more details!

Student Profiles
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UEL Postgraduate Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The UEL Postgraduate Scholarship is a 50% fee waiver on tuition fees. Scholarship is awarded based on an application process, open to applicants who meet the criteria below:Students will only be able to apply for an award if they meet all of the following criteria:
• Have applied for a postgraduate taught masters at UEL starting in September 2016
• Studying full-time or part-time
• Fee assessed as a Home/EU student
• Studying on campus at UELExcludes those studying
• With a collaborative partner
• Via online or distance learning
• A PGCE course
• Professional Diploma in Architecture Part 2 or March Architecture
• Integrated Masters, Professional Doctorates, MPhil, PhD

Value of Scholarship(s)

50 per cent discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have applied for a postgraduate taught course, starting in September 2016, and be studying at one of our campuses.

Application Procedure

An application form is available on our website and students who meet the criteria above will automatically be invited to apply for our scholarship scheme. Decisions will be based on the quality of the student’s application. Applications will be assessed internally by relevant member of staff.

Further Information

http://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Fees-and-Funding/Scholarships/UEL-Postgraduate-Scholarship


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Part-time fee waiver - 20+ Awards

Students will only be able to apply for an award if they meet all of the following criteria:
• Have applied for a postgraduate taught masters at UEL that starts in September 2016
• Be a part-time postgraduate student (in attendance) studying at least 50% of a full time course
• Be fee assessed as a Home/EU student
• Be classified as ‘home’ for tuition fee purposes and meet standard residency requirements
• Be studying on campus at UELExcludes those studying:
• With a collaborative partner
• Via online or distance learning
• A PGCE course
• Professional Diploma in Architecture Part 2 or March Architecture
• Integrated Masters, Professional Doctorates, MPhil, PhD In addition, MA Social Work students are also not eligible to apply if they are in receipt of government funding.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500

Eligibility

You must be on a low income (up to £18,200 or £26,000 with a partner) and receiving one of four qualifying benefits. These are: Job Seekers’ Allowance (income based), Income Support, Housing Benefit and New Deal Allowance.

Application Procedure

An application form is available on our website. Decisions will be based on the quality of the student’s application. Applications will be assessed internally by relevant member of staff.

Further Information

http://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Fees-and-Funding/Scholarships/500-part-time-fee-waiver


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Early Payment Discount - 20+ Awards

If you’re starting your postgraduate course in September 2016, you can save five per cent on your course fees by paying them in full.
Pay your tuition fees early, before 23rd September 2016, we will give you a five per cent discount on your tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Five per cent discount on course fees

Eligibility

Pay your tuition fees early, before 23rd September 2016

Application Procedure

No application necessary

Further Information

http://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Fees-and-Funding/Scholarships/Early-Payment-Discount


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Alumni Scholarship - 20+ Awards

You should previously have been awarded an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree, professional doctorate or a postgraduate research degree from UEL or one of its predecessor institutions, such as the Polytechnic of East London.
You cannot apply for the alumni discount if your course involves distance learning or if you are studying towards a master’s and diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2), a PGCE, a post-compulsory education and training (PCET) course or any short course or courses worth less than 120 credits.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15 per cent discount on tuitions fees

Eligibility

If you’re a member of UEL’s Alumni Association, you are automatically eligible for 15 per cent off your postgraduate fees*. The offer applies to all UEL alumni, however long ago they graduated.

Application Procedure

Please include on your application form that you previously studied at UEL, and include your old student ID number. The 15 per cent discount will be deducted from your tuition fees after any other scholarships, and before any early payment discount is applied. It can also be used alongside other scholarships and funding.

Further Information

http://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Fees-and-Funding/Scholarships/Alumni-Scholarship


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International Scholarships - 20+ Awards

An international scholarship at UEL covers part of the cost of course fees. Scholarships are highly sought after and the process of applying for scholarships is often competitive and carries deadline dates. The amount awarded is assessed on a case by case basis and is often up to £4000 off tuition fees per year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4,000

Eligibility

You must have filled out an application to study at UEL prior to applying for the scholarship (we will ask for your UEL application reference number)

Application Procedure

To qualify for a scholarship you must first make an application to study at UEL before applying for any of the scholarships. After you’ve done this, you should then use the links below to apply for the scholarship quoting your application reference number.

Further Information

https://www.uel.ac.uk/International/International-Scholarships



Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have a first class or upper second-class honours degree in a cognate area of study or comparable professional/research experience. Under special circumstances applicants without a relevant first degree but with substantial professional experience may be considered. These candidates will be interviewed as part of the admission process. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) is required.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home: Full-time : £8,000, Part-time: £1,333 per 30 credit module; International: Full-time: £11,700


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