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International Relations (Paris) 1 Semester

Postgraduate Certificate ( 4 months Full-time )

Overview

  • How is the global financial crisis affecting international politics?
  • Do foreign military interventions in civil wars help or hinder peace-making?
  • Why are economic resources so unevenly spread across the world, and what are the prospects for global justice?

If you are interested in these questions, and want to know more, then the PGCert in International Relations is the programme for you. Staff in the School have internationally recognised research strengths in the politics of the developing world, globalisation and development, conflict and war, and critical theory, as well as regional expertise in South America, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This programme:

  • Will provide you with a set of cutting-edge analytical skills and knowledge that will allow you to think talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as providing a firm foundation for further study
  • Is concerned with analysing the key theoretical and empirical issues in international relations
  • Will discuss the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in international relations, including state sovereignty and international order, conflict and war, human rights and the political economy of North-South relations
  • Will undertake a critical survey of the main theories and concepts associated with the study of international politics.

Why study International Relations at Queen Mary University of London?

The School of Politics and International Relations is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellent and innovative teaching and research amongst its faculty, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking among our students. We are placed 14th in the country for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs (the best published research), meaning that you will be personally taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The diversity of our staff and students, and the local area, mean that QMUL is a great place to study International Relations.

The school has particular strengths in international security, conflict and war, the political economy of North-South relations, international political theory, Middle East politics, and the transition from the Cold War to the contemporary post-Cold War world. This programme is led by research active staff, who are responding to the very latest global events, so content is very timely.

  • Cutting-edge critical programme – theory included, with a real focus on developing students’ critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • A focus on the traditional geographic areas of international relations as well as emerging areas of interest in the developing world.
  • There is also the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre at Queen Mary University of London. Drawing on its unique location within a Russell Group University situated in London’s East End, it brings together policymakers, academics and diverse local communities to address the major political challenges in the UK. They hold a number of exciting and engaging events throughout the year, that are open to students.

Facilities

You will have access to postgraduate only facilities which include the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre dedicated solely to the use of graduate students, with the use of a common room and interdisciplinary training workshops. The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to QMUL's comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

There is a lively range of extra-curricular seminars and groups that you can attend to complement your studies, including events run by our various research centres.

Structure

Programme structure

The PGCert in International Relations is currently available for full time study over one semester, beginning in September.

Students must undertake two compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary World Politics, Theories, Concepts, Themes and
  • Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy

For more information

Visit the School of Politics and International Relations webpages.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline. Students should also have IELTS 7 (including 7 in the writing component), if your first language is not English.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at QMUL. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements website.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office or email spirpgadm@qmul.ac.uk

Learning and teaching

Both modules will be delivered online via QMUL's virtual learning environment, QMplus. You will work online with a dedicated tutor and fellow students to create a virtual learning community. Modules will consist of weekly online seminars in which students will be expected to participate during discussions. All of the material for the course will be available online. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent study

For every hour spent in formal study you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework only and this is usually in the form of research essays. The course convener offers guidance and support on research and writing of assessments.

Fees

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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