About the course
Globalisation and recent wars dramatise the enduring importance of world affairs to government, economics and people’s lives. If you are interested in a career focusing on global politics, this programme is for you. It is aimed at degree-holders with an interest in the theory and practice of world politics.
The degree aims to impart a broad and balanced knowledge of international relations theory at an advanced level. It provides core training in political analysis and methodology of the social sciences. It examines contemporary global problems and rival approaches to their solution and offers specialisation in particular areas such as foreign policy analysis, global society, regional integration, global environmental politics, and strategic and security studies.
This MA prepares graduates for careers in media, academia, non-governmental organisations, international business, research think-tanks and government foreign service.
What you'll study
Our International Politics programme is made up of core and optional modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.
You will learn up-to-date approaches to international relations studies and more general skills in writing, research, public speaking and logical analysis through interactive seminars guided by experts in the subject.
International Relations: Theory and Practice
This module examines international relations theory and practice. It ranges from the discipline's foundation – and the so-called ‘classical’ ‘first’ and ‘second’ debate theories of idealism, realism, institutionalism and the English school – to the approaches that form what's become known as the ‘third debate’.
Power and the State in International Politics
This module explores the changing role of the state and the nature of power and ethics in the international system. You'll select three thematic blocks (from a choice of nine), which reflect current global problems and academic expertise.
Challenges in International Politics
This module addresses some of the challenges for effective, democratic and ethical global governance. It engages with the issues for states and other international agents of global political change and interdependence.
Approaches to Research
Extend your understanding of a range of research techniques and skills for the study of politics. This module provides everything you'll need for conducting research in your area of interest – from conducting interviews and focus groups to analysing statistical data and texts.
Which subject fascinates you? The 15,000-word dissertation lets you research that topic in depth under the guidance of a supervisor.
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