This programme gives you the ability to critically evaluate key contemporary debates in the field of international relations.
Mastering key skills in political science will allow you to explore the links between local, national and international structures, particularly in relation to the nature of the international system and processes of global governance.
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The programme is composed of three pathways. The International Relations pathway provides a deep understanding of key issues in the contemporary international system. The second pathway, Terrorism and Security, focuses on the key domestic and international security threats facing states in the 21st century. Finally, the innovative International Intervention pathway enables you to understand and evaluate contemporary debates in the study of international intervention. This pathway also includes a placement option, allowing you to spend three months working in the field of international politics.
All students take a common set of compulsory modules (including modules on research methods and Theories of International Relations). Two further compulsory modules are taken for each pathway, allowing you to select three optional modules from a range of European and/or international politics topics.
The programme provides you with the skills necessary to design and complete a dissertation or placement project on a specialist topic, including formulating research questions, conducting a literature review, selecting appropriate methods of data collection, engaging with data analysis to provide answers to the research questions, and presenting research according to scholarly conventions.
- Introduction to Research
This module provides an introduction to the design and conduct of social science research. Throughout, examples are drawn from recent research in the areas of politics and policy. However, emphasis is also placed on the applicability of these methods to other subject areas across the social sciences. This module develops students’ understanding of the ways in which social research is designed and conducted. It provides a broad overview of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research in the social sciences. In addition, it develops students’ capacities to design research questions and select appropriate methods of data collection and analysis to enable them to answer their research questions.
- Research in Practice
The module has a strong practical focus and students gain experience of using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and apply their knowledge on a research area of their choice. Students also gain experience in using SPSS for statistical analysis. As part of the course, students conduct an individual research project, explore the methodological issues which emerge through their work, and engage in group-work to discuss the similarities and differences in their individual approaches and choices.
- Theories of International Relations
The module explores a range of theoretical approaches to study of International Relations thus introducing students to different ways current trends in the international system. The module follows a historiographical approach thus starting with the “classical debates in IR theories, then moving on to mainstream debates and concluding with critical approaches. The module allows students to evaluate continuities and change in contemporary theoretical discourses. Introduce students to the post-structuralist challenge in International Relations. Evaluate the contributions of each theoretical approach to our understanding of contemporary trends in Internal Relations.
Teaching and Assessment
For each pathway, there is a similar pattern of teaching and assessment. In each semester students take four modules. For each of these, there is a weekly two-hour block, which combines lectures and student discussion. Parallel to the taught part of the programme, in semester one students start work on their dissertation, and continue in semester two and over the summer. Students that opt for the three-month placement, start work on their placement project once the taught component of the programme is finished, and throughout the summer, supported by regular supervision from the School.
- Teaching Hours
Full-time students typically have eight contact hours of teaching per week and are expected to spend approximately 30 additional hours on independent study.
The School of Politics was created in 2004, bringing together and reinforcing the various elements of politics teaching and research which have existed at Surrey since the 1970s. Our academics are all research-active, and the teaching that our MSc students receive reflects those interests. This makes our students strongly engaged with cutting edge issues and academic debates. The School has a very active student body which organises many academic and social events outside the formal programme. With students coming from all over the world, this is an excellent opportunity to meet and challenge each other’s ideas and perceptions.
Dual Masters with North Carolina State University
This programme offers a unique opportunity for high-achieving students to study for a first year on one of our MSc programmes at Surrey, then for a further year to obtain the Master of International Studies (MIS) at North Carolina State University (NCSU).
This programme allows students to specialise in two distinct subfields of politics and international relations whilst gaining experience of different cultural and educational environments. It provides, therefore, an opportunity for students to maximise their potential and exposure to American academic life and scholarship. It also builds on the extensive expertise in politics available at our institution.
Students are able to apply for the dual Masters programme once they have successfully completed one semester at the University of Surrey
. Once the student has been deemed to have satisfied all the requirements, the application is forwarded to NCSU for consideration. The MSc at Surrey is considered the equivalent of the first year of the two-year MIS graduate program at NCSU. Therefore it is possible to complete the two Masters degrees in two years. In addition to the formal academic programme, NCSU offers acculturation workshops for incoming students from overseas. Students enrolled in the dual Masters programme are responsible for two-year fees at the set Surrey postgraduate fee rate according to their status (Home/EU or Oversees).
Your Future Career
Our MSc programme in International Relations is a great stepping stone in your career development, whatever your plans. Through its assessed, three-month placement, the International Intervention pathway offers an excellent opportunity to enhance a wide range of transferable skills and build personal networks which will significantly enhance your employment opportunities upon graduation.
Students from the School have gone on to a wide range of employment choices. These include working for international organisations, national and local government, lobby groups and non-governmental organisations, as well as private businesses and media organisations. We also offer doctoral supervision in a wide range of political subjects for talented students who wish to continue their studies.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
A first or 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant social science or humanities discipline (or an equivalent qualification). English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0