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MA in International Relations


Key Information

Start date: September 2015

Programme duration: 1 year (full time), 2 years (part time) 

Fees (2015/6 entry): £8,000 approx (Home/EU) £15,000 approx (International)

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Entry requirements

 o An upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline.

 o IELTS 7.0 or equivalent is required. For further information about our  English language requirements click here.

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  • 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 some of these questions, and want to know more, then the MA in International Relations is the programme for you. Faculty in the School have internationally recognised research strengths in the politics of the developing world, globalization 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.  The 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. We also offer this programme via Distance Learning.

Why study with us?

  • Queen Mary is a member of The Russell Group which represents the leading UK universities committed to the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector
  • 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.
  •  A focus on the traditional issue areas of international relations as well as emerging areas of interest in the developing and non-Western world.
  • Flexible programme with a large number of optional modules
  • Taught by research active faculty members who are responding to the very latest global events.
  • An internationally diverse staff and student body.
  • Close to the heart of UK politics, the School enjoys close links to practitioners in London

Programme Outline

The core module for this programme is:



The compulsory modules for this programme are:

Theories of International Relations
Political Analysis


You will also select three elective modules from the following:

 Globalisation and the International Political Economy of DevelopmentInternational Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
Implementation and EvaluationThemes and Cases in US Foreign Policy
Global Politics of HealthInternational Public Policy: Concepts and Practice
Case studies in EU Policy-makingApproaches to Political Economy
Latin America in the Modern World

Further Information

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