- 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.
Why study with us?
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.
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 in the faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences, 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, there are 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.
The MA in International Relations is currently available for one year full-time study, or two year part time study. For the MRes in International Relations, click here.
Students must undertake four taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.
Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.
Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over a two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.
- Theories of International Relations
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:
- International Relations of the Middle East: Islam, Imperialism and State Formation
- Nationalism, Democracy and Cosmopolitanism
- Approaches to Political Economy
- The Americas in Comparative Perspective I: Historical Roots
- The Americas in Comparative Perspective II: Modern Politics and Society
- Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy
- Issues in Democratisation
- Democracy in Plural Societies
- International Public Management
- International Public Policy: Concepts and Practice
- Policy Analysis for the Developing World
- Case studies in British Policy Making
- Decolonising International Relations
- Sub-Saharan Africa: States and Societies
Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures and seminars, supported by a virtual learning environment. Some modules are assessed on coursework, others by a final exam, and others by both. You will also independently research and write a dissertation of 12,000 words on a topic of your choice. You will be assigned a personal supervisor to give advice and assistance for this part of the programme.
The programme will be taught in such a way that your communication skills as well as analytical skills will be further developed, thus furthering your employment opportunities.
There is also 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. The School runs an annual Expert Speakers seminar series that puts key practitioners of political affairs in conversation with students and academics.
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?
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.
A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Politics or a related discipline. Students should also have IELTS 7.
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.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
The Admissions Office can be contacted here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/enquiries/index.html
The programme will be of particular interest to those who either have, or want to develop careers in fields related to government, the voluntary sector, teaching, journalism, or indeed any career where advanced knowledge of international relations is an advantage.
You will develop transferable skills including;
- Analytical and critical thinking
Recent graduate destinations include:
Amnesty International, The BBC, Bloomberg, The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The UK Border Agency, Children Across Borders, CNN, The Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK, The Refugee Council, The Swiss Federal Office for Migration, The Thailand Embassy in the UK, UNESCO, UNO, The University of Westminster and Yahoo!
Continuing onto further research
You will also be ideally placed to pursue further research whether that be at Queen Mary or at other institutions in the UK or globally. Some graduates go on to study for PhDs, and some have been awarded studentships to continue their studies within the School.
Our links with the industry
The School as a whole enjoys a diverse set of links with industry. Students will benefit from these links through our seminar series and special lectures from well known figures in the field, including policy makers and journalists.
Careers support from Queen Mary
QM Careers provides careers information, advice and guidance to all students of the College on everything from choosing a career to finding work. We run employer events on campus, manage full and part-time vacancy information and offer one-to-one careers advice; practice interviews, CV checks, psychometric test preparation and lots more.
We are part of The Careers Group, University of London the largest careers service in the country, and we are accredited by the Matrix quality standard which assures quality of advice, information and guidance.