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International Relations (MSc Econ)

Course Description

This programme of study is designed to provide a comprehensive grounding in the disciplinary and academic skills central to the study of International Relations. The course consists of two elements, both of which allow a degree of specialisation in the student’s chosen field.

Part one consists of research-led taught modules, including core courses in Issues in International Relations and Research Methods and Skills, and a choice of specialist option courses, in areas such as: EU Foreign Policy; Human Rights; US Foreign Policy; International Political Economy; Ethics and International Affairs; Security, Popular Culture and World Politics; International law; Diplomacy and French Foreign Policy.

Part two requires the researching and writing of a dissertation supervised by an expert in the field. Available areas for dissertation supervision include: International Theory; European Security and Foreign Policy; International Security; Development; Political Economy; French Foreign Policy; American Foreign Policy; Anglo-American Relations; Humanitarian Intervention; Human Rights; International Law and United Nations Studies.

Throughout the programme, students will be introduced to the nature of research at this demanding level, primarily through the taught course in research methods and skills, and subsequently in their relationship with an academic supervisor who will help them bring their chosen programme of research to fruition.

Available Modules

American Foreign Policy
Anglo-American Relations
European Economic Governance And Policies
European Political Economy
European Security
European Union External Relations
Global Climate Governance
Human Rights & Global Justice
International Legal & Political Affairs
International Security & Transnational Threats
Issues in International Relations
Just War and Humanitarian Intervention
Public International Law
Research Methods: Approaches To Knowledge
State Crisis – Changing Governance In Italy
Popular Culture and World Politics

Visit the International Relations (MSc Econ) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Master's Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

from £3,000


‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships. Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in Politics, International Relations, Philosophy and in disciplines broadly conceived to have a social sciences or humanities focus with a minimum 2.1 degree classification or equivalent qualification. In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, to include 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other subscores. Equivalent English language qualifications are also accepted.

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