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International Relations

MA ( 2 years Part-time Distance Learning )

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 MA 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 your MA in International Relations at Queen Mary?
The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary was rated amongst the top 20 Politics departments in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise meaning that you will learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields and contributing to our understanding of the subject. The diversity of our staff and students, and the local area, mean that Queen Mary 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. 
  • The programme is very flexible, so you can choose from a large number of modules, depending on your interests.


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 Queen Mary’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

Our MA in International Relations programme is offered in campus on a full time or part time basis and also via distance learning.

Programme structure – MA International Relations in campus

The MA in International Relations is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part- time study. Students must undertake the compulsory training module, four taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

Compulsory Modules:

  • Contemporary World Politics: Theories, Concepts, Themes
  • Dissertation

Training Module:

  • Political Analysis

Optional modules include:

 

At least one module from the following options:

 

  • Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development
  • International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context

Remaining modules from the following options:

  • Approaches to Political Economy
  • Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy
  • International Public Policy
  • Case Studies in British and EU Policy Making
  • Global Politics of Health

Programme structure – MA in International Relations by distance learning

The MA in International Relations by distance learning is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part- time study.

Students must undertake four taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

Core Modules:

  • Dissertation

Compulsory Modules:

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy

Optional modules:

Choose two from the following options:

  • Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development
  • International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
  • Placement Module (students must find their own placement or use their current place of work. The placement must be approved by the department prior to the start of the module)
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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline. Students should also have IELTS 7.


International applicants:
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. 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 here: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/languagerequirements

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.

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/enquiries/index.html

Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching:
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. 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:

Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. Many modules are assessed by coursework only. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of research essays and the course convener offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment.
Dissertation:
You will also be assessed on a supervised 12,000-word dissertation. Students are currently researching a range of topics for their dissertations including:

  • The global financial crisis: a failure of governments or markets?
  • The impact of India's nuclear tests on global proliferation
  • Is the UN fit to prevent genocide?
  • Is China a good trade partner for Latin America?
  • Is Fairtrade a challenge to neoliberal hegemony?

The Ann Tickner Prize for Best Masters Dissertation in International Relations
J Ann Tickner graduated in 1959 from Westfield College, now Queen Mary, University of London and has gone on to become one of the world's leading thinkers and teachers of International Relations. Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California and Honorary PhD at the University of Uppsala, Tickner is a former President of the International Studies Association and recipient of many other awards and forms of international recognition. Through her numerous books, articles, chapters, and teaching she has been central to establishing the study of gender and feminist perspectives in International Relations.
The J Ann Tickner Prize for the Best Masters Dissertation in International Relations recognises Professor Tickner's singular contribution and past association with the College. The award will be given annually to the outstanding dissertation irrespective of the topic.

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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