International Relations (MA)

Overview

 

  • What are the main characteristics of the international order?
  • To what extent is the international order based on conflict or cooperation?
  • 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 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:

  • Can be studied on campus or via distance learning
  • Can be taken as a Postgraduate Diploma or as a Masters qualification
  • Provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to think, talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as providing a firm foundation for further study
  • Will focus on the traditional geographic areas of international relations as well as emerging areas of interest in the developing world
  • Is flexible, allowing you to choose from a large number of modules, depending on your interests
  • 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.

Why study International Relations at QMUL?

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 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.

You will also learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields, who are contributing to our understanding of the subject. The diversity of our staff and students, and the local area, mean that QMUL is a great place to study International Relations.

Facilities

You will have access to QMUL’s comprehensive libraries, which include extensive online resources. You will also be able to use the main University of London Library at Senate House. The British Library can also be easily accessed as a research resource.

The School of Politics and International Relations runs a lively range of extra-curricular seminars and groups at that you can attend to complement your studies, including events run by our various research centres.

If you are a Distance Learning Student, as well as online lectures, your course materials will be also available online and you will also receive the support of a dedicated tutor.

 

About the University of London in Paris Institute, and Paris

University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) is an institute of the University of London based in the heart of Paris.  Established in the 19th century it became a full part of the University of London in 1970.  The Institute offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies with a focus on French Studies, Law and International Relations. Its research priorities include French and European history, post-colonial studies and urbanism. Studying at ULIP offers you access to France and the Francophone world, and more importantly provides a gateway to Europe.

As one of the most exciting and stimulating cities in the world, Paris is an ideal place to immerse yourself in French culture and gain insight into diverse communities. Paris not only houses numerous museums and landmarks, it also houses international organisations such as UNESCO, OECD and the EU Institute of Security Studies (EUISS), and plays a central role in international politics and economics. Studying in a different country will allow you to gain valuable international experience.

Structure

Our MA in International Relations by distance learning is offered on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis. Students must undertake four taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

The full MA is made up of 120 credits through taught units and 60 credits for a dissertation.

Programme structure – MA International Relations by distance learning

Core modules:

  • Dissertation

Compulsory modules:

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

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).

 

Our MA in International Relations is offered on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis. Students must undertake four taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

The full MA is made up of 120 credits through taught units and 60 credits for a dissertation.

Programme structure – MA International Relations

Students must undertake the compulsory training module, four taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

Core modules:

  • Dissertation

Compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary World Politics: Theories, Concepts, Themes
  • Political Analysis

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

Two 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
  • Latin America in the Modern World

 

Students must undertake two compulsory modules: Contemporary World Politics: Theories, Concepts, Themes, and Themes and Cases in US Foreign Relations; and a choice of two out of the following three electives: Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development, International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context, and Vocational Placement. Students must also take the core 12,000-word Dissertation module.

Full-time study will be organised as follows:

  • Semester 1: Contemporary World Politics: Theories, Concepts, Themes and  Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy
  • Semester 2: Choose two from:
    • Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development
    • International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
    • or Vocational Placement*
  • Semester 2/3: Dissertation

*The School of Politics and International Relations does not organise student placements for this programme. The placement module is intended for students who are currently working in a recognised organisation or can arrange a placement themselves.

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 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.

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 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.

Upper-second class honours or equivalent in a related degree. Appropriate professional experience in a cognate field could substitute for degree requirement. IELTS 7.0 for students requiring language qualification.

International applicants

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.

Learning and teaching

As a student at QMUL, 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

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.

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
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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.

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