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International Relations and Security MA


Course Description

This MA offers a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students from across the world to join in and learn about contemporary debates about the meaning of security, democracy and the role of political processes in International Relations. In the context of tightening employment prospects and increasing competitiveness among graduates for the best jobs, this MA programme offers a fantastic opportunity for you to enhance your career prospects by learning about international relations, academic methods and contemporary security debates.

One of the key characteristics of the programme is flexibility and choice, which allows you to pursue your own particular areas of interest through our optional pathways, many of which draw on the unique expert knowledge of staff in the Department of Politics i.e. International Relations and Security, Conflict Resolution, Political Communication and International Law.

The Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool has an internationally recognised 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).

The programme is designed to provide a constructive mixture of academic and practical skills over the course of 12 month (full time) or 24 month (part-time). There is a strong structure provided by the arrangement of compulsory modules on International Relations Theory, International Security, and Research Methods. However, one of the key characteristics we have sought to develop in the MA programme is flexibility and choice which allows you to pursue your own particular areas of interest through our optional pathways, many of which draw on the unique expert knowledge of staff in the Department of Politics i.e. International Relations and Security, Conflict Resolution, Political Communication and International Law.

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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