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MA International Relations


Course Description

The MA International Relations equips you with the theoretical and empirical research tools to understand the forces that shape global politics. A postgraduate degree in International Relations is a pathway to a range of careers, from NGOs to International Organisations such as the EU. Our teaching methods are innovative and working with a group of world-leading researchers will ensure your degree is cutting edge and highly sought after.

Flexibility to follow your interests with world-leading researchers

To understand something as complex as the contemporary world order, theory is invaluable. This foundation will be a benchmark and guide to investigating the complex security and public policy issues of the 21st century. These include:

* Terrorism
* Global resistance movements
* The politics of the Middle East
* US foreign policy
* Global ethics and human rights
* International law and governance
* International political theory

There is considerable scope to study specific topics of interest to you alongside world-leading researchers in their field. Your learning will be led by staff associated with the Centre for Advanced International Studies, who have contributed to contemporary public debates through newspaper articles, television appearances and through social media.

Innovative teaching

Teaching in the department is research-led, ensuring that what you learn will be cutting edge and at the heart of contemporary public debate. This will be broadly seminar-based, giving you the chance to debate the ideas and policies that are shaping the world around us with high-achieving students and experts in the field. Content is delivered through a range of innovative teaching methods, including:

* Debates
* Role-plays and simulations
* Field trips
* Graduate-level conferences

You will benefit from a dedicated personal tutor and have the time and freedom to direct your own learning to meet the requirements of the modules.

Extra-curricular events

Extra-curricular events, like stand-alone talks given by policy makers, activists and scholars, are hugely beneficial to giving added perspective of contemporary world politics. Recent contributors have included:

* Aid workers from conflict and post conflict zones
* Ex-special forces soldier who served in Afghanistan
* The Head of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan
* The Head of MI6
* BBC journalist now turned documentary-maker.

Our active student societies also regularly organise events, such as trips to Brussels to visit NATO and European Union institutions.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises a dissertation and directed options modules.

Directed options modules

Some examples of optional modules are as follows; US Foreign Policy; Global Security; The Politics of Human Rights; International Political Theory; The Politics of Global Capitalism; International Relations of the Middle East; War and Society and Global Justice.

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. You can see a full list of current politics modules on the website at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/politics/modules/.

Developing your career

While this is a challenging degree, which attracts students hoping to go on to PhD research, International Relations is also a highly sought after postgraduate degree for a range of professions other than academia. The MA in International Relations gives you a global perspective on contemporary politics, trains you to express yourself clearly and persuasively and will develop you into an independent and critical thinker. These skills are highly sought after, particularly in:

* Government
* Non-governmental organisations
* Aid agencies and pressure groups
* Law and finance
* Publishing and the media
* International organisations like the European Union and the United Nations
* Academia

Visit the MA International Relations page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Charlotte Bowern

This course has allowed me to engage in debates in seminars and draw links between the international relations theory I was studying and current international events I was reading about in the newspaper or watching on television. It has encouraged me to think about these events in a new light, and to analyse the reasons behind the choices leaders make

I would definitely recommend this course; it is a big step up from undergraduate study and requires a lot of independent study but the lecturers are always willing to help discuss, as well as challenge any ideas you have or arguments you are developing. It will change your perspective on the world.


(Scholarship)

Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Varies

Eligibility

Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/money/funding



Entry Requirements

Please see our website for full details. View Website

Course Fees

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