This programme offers rigorous specialist training for students wishing to prepare for advanced research in international relations, particularly at the doctoral level. It offers the introduction to methods and approaches in international relations that will equip students to plan and execute their own extended research projects. It also offers you the chance to develop an advanced theoretical and research-based training, especially interesting for students wishing to pursue further postgraduate studies.
For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, an IELTS Certificate is required.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
The MA in International Relations (Research Methods) is a specialist programme designed for those students wishing to prepare for advanced research in international studies. It allows you to select core modules from a list including Advanced Political Analysis and Principles of Social Science Research Methods in addition to options and your dissertation.
This degree comprises the following modules:
20 credits - Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
20 credits - Social Research Methods I
20 credits - Social Research Methods II
20 credits - Research Design
20 credits - Introduction to Social Science Research
60 credits - Dissertation MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students)
Optional 20 credits from:
20 credits - The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
20 credits - Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
20 credits - Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Sex, Death, Gender and (In) Security
20 credits - Gender and Global Governance
20 credits - Politics and the State
20 credits - Global Ethics 1
20 credits - Global Ethics 2
20 credits - Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
20 credits - Democracy, Power and Citizenship
20 credits - Civil War, Conflict Management and Peacekeeping
20 credits - Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
20 credits - Asia Pacific Security
20 credits - Power in Global Politics
20 credits - Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (IASS)
20 credits - Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (IASS)
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.
The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.
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