This MA examines a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance in global politics. More than any other, the contemporary era has thrust many of the core and emerging issues of international relations directly into our everyday lives, requiring us to reflect on them systematically. Taking the exciting and troubling times in which we live as its starting point, this course emphasises a philosophical and historical orientation with a distinctive critical edge for which international relations at Sussex has an international reputation.
This course brings together students from a wide range of educational, national, political and professional backgrounds. It is a theoretically grounded course, covering issues of theory and history of international relations, as well as a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance in global politics and international order.
Sussex is one of the leading UK centres for research in international relations theory. Our Centre for Advanced International Theory provides a unique forum for advanced fundamental research in international politics.
On many of our MA courses, you are encouraged to participate in:
• visiting practitioner and lecturer workshops on specific topics
• our New Security Challenges lecture series involving high-profile practitioners, policymakers and analysts.
A research placement allows you to gain experience in an area of work relating to your subject of study and to acquire practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run over a 12-week period in the summer term and vacation. If you take a research placement, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation based on your experience.
Assessment of autumn-term modules is by a 5,000-word term paper. Assessment of springterm options is generally by a 5,000-word term paper. You also submit a dissertation of 10,000 words.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
Autumn term: Foundations of World Politics • International Relations Theory.
Spring term: you take two options from East Asia in the International System • Foreign Policy Analysis • Governing Global Capitalism • Human Rights in International Relations • Irregular Warfare • Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction • Queer International Relations • Reading Foucault in IR • Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations • Rethinking Imperialism • Russian Foreign and Security Policy • Science, Technology and War • Terror, Security and the State • The Global Politics of Disease and Biosecurity • The Middle East in Global Order • The Political Economy of Development • The Political Economy of Global Finance • The Political Economy of the Environment.
You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation.
Summer term: you carry out work on your MA dissertation under the supervision of a member of faculty. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.
The University of Sussex
aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/
A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in a humanities or social sciences subject. Relevant degrees include political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, and area studies. A degree in the social sciences or humanities does not constitute a strict requirement and applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be given due consideration. Relevant work and voluntary experience will also be considered, particularly in cases where candidates fall short of the academic requirement. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website