This programme is designed for those interested in the crucial challenges facing our world today, from terrorism to globalisation, and from conflict to migration . In particular, it will provoke you to think about international challenges and the nature of interactions in the system.
• MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
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• If you are planning to pursue a research-intensive career or doctoral studies, including under the ESRC 1+3 scheme, this programme is designed for you. This degree provides a pathway to ESRC sponsored postgraduate fellowships.
• This intense and demanding programme offers you broad and informed knowledge of the central challenges in international relations and equips you with the analytical techniques and tools to analyse political data. You also gain a wide range of more general skills, including how to convey complex ideas and information effectively both orally and in writing.
• The MRes covers common material with the MSc in International Relations (MSc), and provides additional in-depth methodological training for those who want to pursue a PhD. It draws on recognised expertise in the fields of international relations theory, normative international theory, international security, international governmental organisations, non-state actors, human rights and humanitarian intervention, and a wide variety of country and regional expertise.
• You will also benefit from the course offerings of the highly successful taught Master's course in Human Rights and International Politics, the new postgraduate taught programme in Global Security, and the postgraduate teaching offered by the University's School of Law on topics including international law and human rights, globalisation, and international economic, environmental, and criminal law, as well as other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences and beyond, including History.
• You will benefit from a number of research and teaching initiatives at the University, including the Global Security Roundtable; The Glasgow Refugee, Asylum & Migration Network; The Glasgow Centre for International Development; and the Glasgow Human Rights Network.
You will take 3 core and 3 optional courses. You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and undertake independent research.
• Challenges in international politics
• International relations theory
• Qualitative research methods OR Social science statistics.
• China's international politics
• Chinese politics and society
• Comparative European politics
• Critical perspectives on human rights
• Ethics in global politics
• EU in international politics and development
• Foreign policy affairs
• Freedom of expression
• Globalisation and European integration
• Human rights and global politics
• International security and global politics
• Institutions and policies of the European Union
• Internet and civil society
• Media and democracy
• Political institutions, crisis and communication
• Political legitimacy: contemporary perspectives
• Politics of gender in development.
Note: Some courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences.
The programme gives students key knowledge and analytical tools relevant to a career in a variety of settings related to international relations. These include international and domestic non-governmental organisations, international governmental organisations such as the United Nations or European Union, as well as government agencies. It will also prepare you for further academic research in a PhD programme.
The minimum entry requirements are an honours degree at the 2.1/upper second class level or higher or equivalent (e.g. B/3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree) in politics, law or related social science subject.We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but the applicant should submit a statement indicating why they are interested in changing fields or the connection to their previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account.