You should have a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Social Sciences or Humanities; equivalent qualifications from overseas are welcome.
Your application must be supported by a reference written on institutional notepaper by an academic familiar with your abilities. Applications from mature candidates are welcomed. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. The University offers presessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.
The Masters in International Relations and Democratic Politics provides an advanced critical and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping state, inter-state relations and global politics. Drawing on key theoretical interpretations of democratic politics, the course probes into various tenets of democratic thinking (ranging from pluralism and civil society to egalitarianism and human rights), and explores the interplay between theory and practice in old and new democracies and in international state building. Is democracy a concept limited to a world of territorially-bounded national communities? Can democracy still limit power in a global world? Can and should democracy be exported or even imposed on others? By raising and examining such questions the course explores the changing and contested understandings of democracy in contemporary thought as well as its application to the international sphere in our increasingly globalised and globalising world.
Democratic Politics: Key Debates and Issues
Dissertation and Research Methods
International State Building: Exporting Democracy?
Contemporary Controversies in International Security: Intervention Terrorism and Self Defence
Controversies in United States Foreign Policies and Processes
Democracy and Islam
Development Theories, Policies and Practices
European Immigration Policy in International Perspectives
Global Change: Toward a New Non-Western Order
Globalisation, Democratisation and Post-Authoritarian Transition
Governance of the European Union
International Relations: Beyond International Relations?
International Relations: Theoretical Perspectives
Islam and Politics in the Middle East
Policy, Governance and Democracy: International Perspectives
Politics, Public Life and the Media
Postcolonial International Relations? Theories and Concepts
The European Union as an International Actor
Theories of International Security
The State, Politics and Violence
This course will provide you with numerous key skills and knowledge that will prepare you for your future career in a variety of different fields. Our graduates hold posts within various international and national government departments and organisations. Many have also gone on to study for Doctorates within the Department and at other universities around the world.
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