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.
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
We are ranked eighth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, confirming York’s standing as a centre of world-leading and internationally excellent research, with major global and national impact
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
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.
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.
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:
|Part-time (2 years)|
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
|Full-time (1 year)||£7,580||£16,780|
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
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.
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.
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
We have a number of scholarships and funding opportunities available. Find out about postgraduate funding.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent graduates work for leading universities and as policy advisers in various countries around the world. Popular employers also include:
A range of important transferable skills are embedded in our curriculum - including:
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.
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.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.
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