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Master of International Affairs

Course Description

Programme description

The Master of International Affairs (MIA) is an advanced 15-month programme suited to ambitious graduates looking for a launch-pad into international affairs or policy making roles.

Based within the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh, you’ll work alongside leading researchers and practitioners as you develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate policy issues, processes, and implementation.

This program is both practical and practice-oriented. As a student you’ll benefit from a series of talks and lectures from policy-makers working at the heart of government. You’ll gain hands on experience through a 3-month placement with a policy-focused organisation. And you’ll take part in a range of professional development workshops focused on skills such as negotiating, communicating with impact, and writing effectively.

The MIA is a recognised professional qualification. The combination of academic excellence and practical experience ensure that MIA graduates are well placed for careers in international organisations, research institutes, think tanks, consulting firms, NGOs, government, party politics, and advocacy/lobbying organizations, amongst others.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked within the world’s top 20. It is home to the Academy of Government which hosts some of the world’s leading researchers and analysts working on government at Scottish, UK, European and global levels. Their work covers key policy challenges our societies need to confront: on health, education and welfare, on the environment, energy and climate change, on international security and international development.

Programme structure

As a student on our MIA you will be taught and assessed in a variety of innovative ways. The focus is on providing a strong, practice-oriented programme. Teaching sessions are three hours and typically divided into three components: one academic-led, one student-led and one practitioner-led.

An academic lecture will build on readings, which students will be expected to have completed before class, and identify key issues for debate and discussion. The student-led hour will pick up on these themes and develop further debate either through a classroom discussion, presentations, group exercises, or practical activities/simulations. The practitioner-led hour will put the learning into practical context, using specific case studies where possible and appropriate.

The MIA is assessed through a variety of mechanisms, including written policy briefs, short policy memos, problem-solving tasks, individual and group presentations, written analytical reports, self and peer assessment, and crisis response simulations.

Visit the Master of International Affairs page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum of an Upper Second Class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent in the social sciences, economics, law, business or the humanities.Applicants with a degree in the physical sciences may also be accepted subject to appraisal by the programme director.Applicants for whom English is not their first language: a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (250+ computer based) or an International English Language Testing (IELTS) score of 7 is preferred. Alternatively, a recent degree from a university in an English-speaking country is acceptable.

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