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International Relations (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

The course provides you with a strong grounding in the analysis of international politics. There’s a focus on the role of major organisations in a global environment.

The programme trains you in different theoretical and methodological approaches from modern political science. You’ll evaluate their usefulness in explaining international political processes and organisational practices.

You’ll gain knowledge of global and regional problems including economic, security and environmental threats.

You’ll have the opportunity to do a research placement through the Erasmus programme - from Finland to Italy, and from Portugal to Slovakia.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/internationalrelations/

You’ll study

The course consists of core and optional classes and a dissertation. The core classes provide an introduction to theories of international politics and to the actual workings of major world organisations, such as the EU.

Core classes:
These classes are as follows:
- International Institutions & Regimes
- Contemporary International Relations
- European Governance
- Principles of Research Design

Optional classes:
Choose from:
- Quantitative Methods I
- Quantitative Methods II
- Qualitative Methods
- Policy Analysis
- Comparative Public Policy
- European Political Economy
- Contesting Global Governance


Established in 2010, the School of Government & Public Policy integrates the Department of Government with three research centres:
- European Policies Research Centre
- Centre for the Study of Public Policy
- Centre for Elections & Representation Studies

English language requirements

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Border Agency or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

For others, the School requires a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual component below 5.5. Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA), please check English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

All classes are taught in seminars. You'll receive training with a strong empirical focus, supervision in small group seminars as well as individual sessions.

Classes average 20 contact hours with additional computer laboratory sessions.

If you’re studying part-time you’ll attend classes across two academic years. You’ll then work on a dissertation over 10 months.

Indicative Readings:
- Held, D and McGrew, A (2007) Globalization/Anti-globalization: Beyond the Great Divide. Polity Press.
- Kaul, I, Grunberg, I and Stern, M.A. (1999) Global Public Goods: International Cooperation in the 21st Century. Oxford University Press.
- Reus-Smit, C & Snidal, D (2010) The Oxford Handbook of International Relations. Oxford University Press.
- Willetts, P (2011) Non-governmental Organizations in World Politics: The Construction of Global Governance. Routledge.


You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods including:
- essays
- options papers
- group projects

These account for two thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation, produced over the summer, accounts for one third of the total assessment.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the International Relations (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science.

Course Fees

Full Time (UK/EU)- £4,200 Part Time (UK/EU) £2,100 Full Time (International) £11,000 Part Time (International) £5,500

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