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International Politics (MA)

Course Description

At the heart of contemporary international politics are new challenges to enduring problems. Increasing concerns such as poverty, terrorism, conflict, human rights, economic development, displacement, and the global environment, make the study of international politics a unique and exciting challenge.

City's International Politics MA course provides you with an opportunity to examine and critically evaluate issues of the contemporary world. It focuses on the study of global policy-making using theoretical and practical approaches, with core and elective modules covering the following areas/fields:

‌• Development and inequality
• Security
‌• Foreign policy
‌• Diplomacy
‌• Religion
‌• The environment
‌• Economic and financial crises
‌• Migration and cultural identity
‌• Human rights.

These modules on the International Politics MA course also allow you to analyse a range of factors involved in global policy-making, from governments to international institutions, civil society, social movements and private factors.

An International Politics Masters for the leaders of tomorrow
The skills, knowledge and expertise you will develop during your time studying the International Politics MA can open up a wide variety of career opportunities for you.

Whether you are looking to go work at an NGO supporting the third world or work closer to home as part of the civil service or media, you will develop enviable skills on the International Politics programme allowing you to work in a number of industries.

Further Entry Requirement Information

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students:
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-politics

Course Structure

During the International Politics MA course, you take six taught modules and also complete an MA dissertation. The modules cover all areas of international policy, relations and diplomacy. As you elect which modules you want to study you can shape the programme towards your future job and career aspirations.

Teaching and Assessment

- Teaching
On the International Politics Masters degree, you will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, student presentations and practical workshops. Teaching is supported by a personal tutorial and supervision system and a general lecture series with outside speakers (both professional and academic). You will complete six taught modules, made up of a mixture of compulsory core and elective options. You will also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce your dissertation over the summer period.

- Assessment
Each taught module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay. There are no examinations. Your final MA marks are derived from a combination of your essay and dissertation grades. You are required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 words in an area linked to the MA degree. Your dissertation topic will be agreed with your personal tutor/supervisor.

Career Prospects

The skills of International Politics graduates are of direct relevance to a wide range of professions:
- Research,
- Civil service,
- Teaching,
- Media communications,
- Journalism,
- International organisations,
- Non-government organisations,
- International finance and the private sector.

Our Masters programme graduates are highly respected and sought after in the international politics field as well as many others. An international politics degree can prepare you for an active career in a variety of industries and roles; during the year of the postgraduate programme you will develop a range of transferable skills to help you succeed in whatever career path you take.

- International Politics Careers Day
During your International Politics MA year you can attend the Department's 'International Politics Careers Day' which explores career opportunities with International Politics degrees and provides:

- Talks by speakers within the field (including City alumni). Previous speakers have included staff from the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Justice, UNESCO, the EU Commission and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO).
- Talks by careers consultants and volunteering coordinators
- CV, applications and volunteering drop-in sessions with careers professionals.

The Careers Day offers invaluable help, support and guidance for those wishing to pursue a career in International Politics.

Visit the International Politics (MA) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

School of Arts & Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Worth up to £2,000


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
- be a self-funded student and not in receipt of any other scholarships;
- be a full or part-time student;

Application Procedure

Applicants who meet our entry requirements will be automatically considered for a non-means tested scholarship as part of the application process.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have a first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree in politics, the social sciences, law, business studies or humanities. However, we will also consider applications from students with a degree in any other subject where applicants have gained significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research.

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