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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA International Relations

Programme code:MA-INT/RUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Hugh Dyer Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree or equivalent. English language in line with current POLIS requirements.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:


Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

POLIS MA Examination Board

Programme specification:

Programme Aims:

This programme will create a distinctive research-based environment for students that integrates an advanced theoretical agenda with a strong empirical orientation.

The programme will be delivered in a modern, flexible and student-centred manner, allowing the students more input into the construction of their programme of study and a greater degree of engagement with the scholarly community of research active academics. This approach will play to the existing multidisciplinary strengths of POLIS and will reflect and advance the new and distinctive research environment that the School is seeking to develop.

The programme will realise an innovative approach to the study of International Relations. By emphasising the theoretical and empirical applications of International Relations, it will foster the ability of students to use theory in an empirical context. Not only will this approach provide students with a broader range of transferable skills; it will also prepare them more effectively for an academic climate in which considerations of impact beyond academia have become critical.

Progression rules for all POLIS MA programmes

1) Proceed to dissertation:
Students can proceed straight to dissertation if a pass at 50% or above is achieved in a minimum of 90 credits (including all compulsory modules for that programme) AND if they have an overall credit weighted average of at least 50%. If there are any failed modules then one re-sit opportunity per failed module will be offered.

2) Proceed to dissertation suspended until 1) achieved:
Students who achieve 50% or above in a minimum of 60 but fewer than 90 credits will be suspended from progressing to dissertation until after their re-sits have been taken and the criteria in 1) have been achieved. Once the student has achieved the criteria in 1) they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity which is usually in the next academic year.

3) Cannot proceed to dissertation or MA, re-registered on PG Diploma:
Students will not be allowed to proceed to dissertation or the MA, and will subsequently be re-registered on the PGDip if a pass at 50% or above is achieved in fewer than 60 credits. There will be one re-sit opportunity offered for each failed module for a maximum award of a PGDiploma to be obtained.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5578MTheoretical Approaches in International Relations30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Jan to 31 Aug

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 90 credits from the following optional modules:

FOAH5000MEngaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher30 credits1 Jan to 31 Aug
PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5323MEuropean Defence and Security Analysis30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5410MContemporary Politics of the Middle East30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5562MInternational Relations and the Environment30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5570MTerrorism30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5598MCivil War and Intrastate Conflict30 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5650MDiplomatic Practice30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5652MGlobal Governance30 credits1 Jan to 31 May

Elective modules:

Last updated: 12/11/2020 15:29:49


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