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International Relations and Security MA

Course Description

This MA programme offers a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students from across the world to join in and learn about contemporary debates on international relations and security and research methods. In the context of tightening employment prospects and increasing competitiveness among graduates for the best jobs, this MA programme offers a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students to enhance their career prospects.

The Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool has an internationally recognized expertise on topics of international relations and security. The University is ranked among the top 1% of Universities worldwide (THE 2013), and was ranked among the top 100 social science departments in the World (Guardian, 2011). We have a unique combination of expertise in international relations theory, non-state actor violence and resolution of conflicts.

The department puts a strong emphasis on high quality teaching. Classroom seminars and lectures are designed interactively and centre around student engagement. The overall satisfaction of University of Liverpool students rates 88% (NSS 2013). Likewise teaching staff are passionate about making complicated matters of international relations accessible to students. 90% of students are satisfied with Politics courses and even 98% are satisfied with the way in which staff explain content to them (NSS 2013).

Key Facts

RAE 2008
70% of our research was graded ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘Internationally Recognised’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

We're continuing to expand our work as a prominent, productive centre of internationally recognised research, linking political science and communication studies primarily through crossover interests in public communication within British and European political contexts.

Our heavy investment in postgraduate research has created a strong research student community, with supportive training and supervision. You'll be able to present your work at conferences and network with the rest of the University’s postgraduate research community.

All of this helps our MPhil and PhD students produce high quality work and complete their studies successfully.

Outstanding NSS Results
The department scored a 90% approval rating for teaching quality in both the 2010 and 2011 National Student Surveys.

The recently-extended University library is well-resourced, up-to-date and easy to use, with particularly good collections in Politics and allied subjects. There are multiple copies of all of the main teaching texts.

Why School of Politics?

Breadth of study

We are able to offer an excellent range of modules providing both a national and international focus, giving students plenty of choice. Pathways offer students module choices to develop their own specialist interests.

Personal atmosphere

The staff at the Department of Politics work to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Due to the small size of the seminar groups and the MA-programme in general, lecturers know students individually, and are easily accessible. This stands in stark contrast to the vast and anonymous lectures in some competing MA-programmes at other Universities.

Research-active staff

The University of Liverpool is a Russell Group member, an organization of leading research and teaching Universities in the UK. All staff are actively researching and publishing in their fields and have national and international reputations. This provides huge benefits for the MA programme as this translates in to the classroom. Courses are based on the latest research and give students insight into cutting-edge developments in their fields.


Studying Politics develops critical and research skills valued by employers – data collection and analysis, problem-solving, argument and self-expression. Graduates have achieved much success in areas such as broadcasting, journalism, the civil service, government (local, national and European), marketing, public relations and academia.

Positive and flexible

We offer postgraduate degrees and adopt a positive and flexible policy towards the requirements of overseas and/or part-time students, including effective timetabling on taught programmes, facilitation of language training, help with practical problems where appropriate, etc. The department fully embraces the University’s Equal Opportunities strategy and works closely with the Student Welfare and Disability Team and the International Office to provide appropriate facilities for students with additional needs including English language support.

Teaching and Research Environment

The recently-extended University library is well-resourced, up-to-date and easy to use, with particularly good collections in Politics and allied subjects. There are multiple copies of all of the main teaching texts.

You'll be able to take advantage of the strong programme of activities (conferences, guest lectures, seminars) organised by the Europe in the World Centre (http://www.liv.ac.uk/ewc). Based in the School, the EWC is a European Commission recognised Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence.

Visit the International Relations and Security MA page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 Honours degree.

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