International Relations MA

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1 Year
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Waterside
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September
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Overview Updated 19/11/2018

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.

100%
overall student
satisfaction*

Course

Highlights

  • Diverse range of study.
  • Opportunities to meet industry leaders through events and conferences.

Additional

Information

Schedule

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.

Course Details

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.

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Open Days

Discover More

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

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.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

Entry Requirements

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 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.

Course Content

  • International Relations Theory: Great Debates, New Directions (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM025
    Core Module Y
  • Major Organisations in the International Order (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM079
    Core Module Y
  • Methodology and Research Design in International Relations (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM051
    Core Module Y
  • The Peoples' Republic of China: Foreign Policy Dilemmas (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM033
    Core Module N
  • European Integration (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM030
    Core Module N
  • America After 9/11 (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM031
    Core Module N
  • The Politics of Latin American Development (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM028
    Core Module N
  • The International Politics of the Post-Soviet Space (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM047
    Core Module N
  • The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM076
    Core Module N
  • Politics of International Communications (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM077
    Core Module N
  • Dissertation (60 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM37
    Core Module Y
  • The International Relations of the Pacific Rim (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM027
    Core Module N
  • The Political Economy of East African Development (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM048
    Core Module N
  • Comparative Transnational Criminology (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM074
    Core Module N
  • European and International Human Rights (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: LAWM016
    Core Module N
  • National Security, Terrorism and The Rule of Law (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: LAWM017
    Core Module N
  • Political Economies of International Development (20 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM078
    Core Module N
  • The Politics of Aid (10 Credits) Credits)
    Module code: IRDM080
    Core Module N

Module information is quoted for 19/20 currently.

Facilities &

Special Features

  • 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

Postgraduate Opportunities

Graduate Discount Scheme

Our graduate discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton who enrol on a full master’s programme with us in the year 2018/19.

Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.

*Find out if you are eligible for 20% fee discount by visiting our webpage.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Fees & Funding

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £7,300

Postgraduate Loans
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

18/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £7,150

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

Postgraduate Loans
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018/19 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,750

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

18/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,200

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Scholarships

Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship

The Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship awards £500 to a postgraduate research degree student at the University of Northampton. Dr Mike Daniel was Pro…

EU and International Scholarships

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…


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  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
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Updated 19/11/2018

  • 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.

    Course

    Highlights

    • 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.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Schedule

    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.

    • Discover More

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      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.

  • 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 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.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • International Relations Theory: Great Debates, New Directions (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM025
      Core Module Y
    • Major Organisations in the International Order (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM079
      Core Module Y
    • Methodology and Research Design in International Relations (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM051
      Core Module Y
    • The Peoples' Republic of China: Foreign Policy Dilemmas (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM033
      Core Module N
    • European Integration (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM030
      Core Module N
    • America After 9/11 (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM031
      Core Module N
    • The Politics of Latin American Development (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM028
      Core Module N
    • The International Politics of the Post-Soviet Space (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM047
      Core Module N
    • The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM076
      Core Module N
    • Politics of International Communications (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM077
      Core Module N
    • Dissertation (60 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM37
      Core Module Y
    • The International Relations of the Pacific Rim (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM027
      Core Module N
    • The Political Economy of East African Development (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM048
      Core Module N
    • Comparative Transnational Criminology (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM074
      Core Module N
    • European and International Human Rights (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: LAWM016
      Core Module N
    • National Security, Terrorism and The Rule of Law (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: LAWM017
      Core Module N
    • Political Economies of International Development (20 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM078
      Core Module N
    • The Politics of Aid (10 Credits) Credits)
      Module code: IRDM080
      Core Module N

    Module information is quoted for 19/20 currently.

    • Graduate Discount Scheme

      Our graduate discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton who enrol on a full master’s programme with us in the year 2018/19.

      Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.

      *Find out if you are eligible for 20% fee discount by visiting our webpage.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

  • 19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £7,300

    Postgraduate Loans
    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    18/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £7,150

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Postgraduate Loans
    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018/19 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    18/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,200

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Scholarships

    Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship

    The Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship awards £500 to a postgraduate research degree student at the University of Northampton. Dr Mike Daniel was Pro…

    EU and International Scholarships

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour