International Relations MA
Full Time: 1 Year
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Our International Relations MA course is especially designed for those with an interdisciplinary background who wish to fully comprehend core issues and approaches within International Relations post 9/11.
- Diverse range of study.
- Opportunities to meet industry leaders through events and conferences.
In today’s society the emergence of transnational economies, increased global communications, the movement of people, cultures and ideas are reshaping the notions of citizenship and community. With this the increase in sectarian violence and new fundamentalisms are challenging security on an individual to international level. With this in mind, there has never been a more interesting time or a greater need for the study of International Relations. The subject gives you a thorough and sensitive knowledge of interests, ethnicities and cultures allowing you to understand the global condition.
International Relations is a vital and dynamic subject that offers you an interdisciplinary exploration of human interaction. It is not so much a single discipline; rather it is a study of a particular type of behaviour whose comprehension requires the insight and methods of a number of disciplines. Although your MA is set within a strong political and sociological framework, the course is enhanced through the support of Law, History, and American Studies.
Studying International Relations provides you with an opportunity to engage with and adapt to the changing international, national and regional realities post 9/11. The security implications of the events of 9/11, and the impact of global developments on everyday lives, are present in the public mind as never before. Current topical issues are explored through this course including:
- nuclear proliferation
- international crime and terrorism
- Israel and Palestine
- western intervention and civil war in Iraq
International Relations develops your critical awareness, conceptual understanding, research methods and the way that you apply your knowledge. Your MA will provide you with an appropriate set of intellectual skills to enable you to come to more informed and effective conclusions in an ‘ever-changing’ global context.
It is our aim to complement your existing knowledge and build upon your first degree, giving you transferable capabilities and a specialist area of knowledge. This course provides you with a unique opportunity for you to study at a very high level for a postgraduate degree with global relevance, regardless of whether you have studied this subject previously or not.
The MA offers an exciting opportunity for graduates to develop their understanding of international affairs both theoretically and through your own or others’ experience.
How will I learn?
Our International Relations MA is awarded after completion of a mixture of taught courses and a programme of research. The MA lasts at least one year if taken full-time, two years part-time. We also offer advanced short courses that lead to Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas in International Relations.
We recognise that some students may prefer to study in ‘stages’ – funds or time permitting. This is why we provide a named Postgraduate Certificate and a named Postgraduate Diploma. A Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations is available if you successfully complete 120 CATS points but do not complete the 60 CATS dissertation. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in International Relations by successfully gaining 60 CATS points including 40 CATS of IR theory, but excluding 20 CATS of methodology/research, and the 60 CATS dissertation module.
All of this gives you the added flexibility of opting in or out of awards depending upon your individual needs. This also enables you to complete your study within a timescale suitable to your own specific needs. We offer multiple points of entry (February and September) over a one or two year cycle to give you added flexibility.
How will I be assessed?
You will study through a range of coursework and your dissertation. Assessment methods on this course include essays, literature reviews, presentations and research reports. Depending on your option choices, it is possible to study this course without examinations. All coursework reflects the high level of intellectual demands associated with a taught MA and has the aim of developing a range of oral and written skills. You need to be prepared to commit yourself to substantial reading and thought for successful completion of an MA. The lectures and tutor-led teaching on this course provide you with overviews of major theories and themes but the seminars and workshops are where your learning is consolidated, exemplified and put into context.
What is the schedule like for this course?
We aim to encourage student-led debates and the exchange of ideas. Modules will typically alternate fortnightly between classes on campus and online learning activities. Each module incorporates a variety of teaching methods in class, including workshops, presentations and discussions of primary and secondary materials (such as film, images and online resources). Online learning activities include online seminars, discussion boards, podcasts and blogs.
If you are studying this course full-time you will have six hours of timetabled contact per week, if you are studying this course part-time you will have three hours. Please note that this does not include individual tutorials or dissertation supervision.
Independent study and assessment time equate to approximately 18 hours per week full-time or nine hours part-time.
Are there any special features on this course?
- strong staff expertise
- enthusiastic and approachable teaching team providing a supportive atmosphere for research
- the core modules consider classic texts and the very latest thinking on international theory
- focus on the study of distinct global regions not just Europe, North America or the West
- you will be assigned a personal tutor and will be encouraged to form study groups with colleagues
- we invite a variety of guest speakers in to give you their personal insights and experiences
If you have a first or second class honours degree, preferably in a social sciences subject, from a British university or its equivalent overseas then you will be eligible to apply for this course. You are encouraged to discuss the course with tutors prior to making an application.
For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) for study at postgraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK: £7,470
- International: £14,000
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- Home/EU: £7,425
- International: £13,750
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
Our graduate discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton who enrol on a full master’s programme with us.
Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.
Careers and Employability
The MA International Relations aims to provide you with a suitable foundation for careers in both private and public sectors where there is a need for international sensitivity.
If you are wishing to engage in later doctoral research or in careers within voluntary organisations, the civil and diplomatic service, international organisations, research posts or journalism you will particularly benefit from studying this course.
We have excellent links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Members of European Parliament and representatives from the United Nations, as well as a number of pressure groups.