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MA International Relations

Get to the root of world politics through the events that define our international environment.

2018/19 entry

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

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There has never been a more exciting and important time to study world politics. 

The refugee crisis, epidemics like Ebola and Zika, terrorism, international conflict and nuclear tensions are just some of the issues that highlight how the complexity of international politics affects the lives of billions. This course will enable you to understand contemporary international events, their causes and repercussions in great depth, through theoretical debates – and how those debates resonate in distinct issue areas and contexts.

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I'm fascinated by international relations theories, security issues, and foreign policies. My core modules are very thought-provoking because they allow me to understand global developments from different perspectives.
Ran Hu, MA International Relations

Spanning the discipline

From early modern political thought to contemporary international security, from post-conflict development to global financial governance, from the politics of gender to the politics of the environment, you can benefit from expertise on a huge range of topics

Course content

Advance your knowledge using core theoretical frameworks to explore a diverse choice of international topics that are creating new ways of thinking, relating and living, in a changing global environment.

This course will give you a firm grounding in the fundamental principles of International Relations. You'll also learn to analyse and address specific global questions and you'll engage with the latest research via debate and discussion.

You have a choice of optional modules that will allow you to tailor the course to your interests, from themes and theories in International Relations, to new security challenges and more.

Modules

You will study two core modules:

From a broad range of option modules you’ll have the opportunity to focus on and develop expertise in the areas that you feel most passionate about. 

 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

During the summer term and vacation you will consolidate your interests in a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice. You'll have a dissertation supervisor who will provide regular guidance and will be able to comment on your dissertation.

Previous dissertation titles include:

  • Closing the gap: Discourses of Aboriginal Integration in Australia
  • Is the United Nations Security Council still relevant?
  • New directions in China’s Foreign Policy and their impacts on the International Order
  • Drone strikes: The future of modern warfare? A study on the legalities of targeted killings and the rise of drone strikes
  • Is the UK Government's response to post-9/11 redicalisation adequate to addressing the challenge of returning Syrian jihadists?
  • Native Human Security: The Importance of Indigenous Rights in the context of Latin American Development
  • Migration and Security in the European space: Processes of securitisation and the investigation of security-based preventive detention centres in Greece
  • Sex trafficking in Europe: A case study of Ukraine and the Netherlands
  • Why is Nigeria still a developing country regardless of its abundant natural resources?
  • To what extent does political psychology explain US foreign policy decisions? Case study of George W Bush and his war cabinet
  • Dreaming the impossible dream' The dialectic of reality and utopia in classical realism and critical theory.

 

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2018/19

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
£3,790
year 1 fee
£8,390
year 1 fee
Full-time (1 year)£7,580£16,780

Additional costs

You may incur some additional expenses for books. These costs are optional - our university library is well stocked. If the resources you need aren't available, you can borrow via inter-library loans and order new books to our library for free.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Departmental scholarships

We have a number of scholarships and funding opportunities available. Find out about postgraduate funding.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervision. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups.

You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of political areas such as conflict, security and development, political economy, international politics, political theory and public policy. As international experts in their field, our staff advise governments and organisations globally and regularly contribute to news and current affairs programmes. Our expertise and experience feed directly into our teaching. 

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Politics in Derwent College on Campus West. Over half of your teaching will take place in Derwent College. The rest of your contact hours will be nearby on Campus West. 

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You submit six essays; three are submitted at the end of the Autumn term and three at the end of the Spring term (essays are usually around 4,000 words long).

Your final dissertation of between 10,000 - 12,000 words is submitted at the beginning of September.

You will have the opportunity to present your dissertation project in our Dissertation Workshop. These are not formally assessed (not credit bearing), but they give you the chance to hone your presentation skills and to get verbal feedback from your tutors and peers.

Careers and skills

Our students go on to careers in international organisations, the media, law, the civil service, politics, journalism and business.

This MA course is an excellent pathway to careers in a wide range of private and public sector organisations, and for further academic study in international relations and political science.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates work for leading universities and as policy advisers in various countries around the world. Popular employers also include:

  • Local councils
  • Civil Service / Home Office/ House of Commons
  • UN
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • NHS
  • Professional services / Accountancy firms - notably PwC, EY, KPMG
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Oxfam
  • Barclays
  • Universities
  • IBM
  • Development charities including the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Transferable skills

A range of important transferable skills are embedded in our curriculum - including: 

  • Reflective independent learning
  • Communication of complex ideas
  • Interdisciplinary awareness
  • Project and time managment
  • Flexibility and ability to manage complexity
  • Networking skills.

 

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
Degree

Eligible applicants have, or are soon to complete, a Bachelors degree at 2:1 or above. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules/ or appropriate professional experience. If you are applying with a lower qualification, you must include a written work sample with your application.

If you earned your Bachelors degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English may need to satisfy language requirements.

The Department of Politics has a higher minimum level than the University more generally because of the more difficult nature of the literature that Politics students must engage with. The departmental requirements are:

IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)

The University accepts other evidence of English language attainment; please see the Postgraduate Admissions web pages

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