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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA International Relations

Programme code:MA-INT/RUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Jason Ralph 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:

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. This study will shape your understanding of global politics in the contemporary world by introducing you to a wide range of theories, approaches and stimulating debates surrounding international politics and relations.

Students will also analyse topics central to the functioning of the international system and explore contemporary and historical approaches, focusing on country-specific, regional and international processes. Our emphasis on international studies invites an interdisciplinary approach and reflects the broadening nature of the subject beyond the confines of inter-state relationships.

You will develop expertise in a specialist area of interest to you, whilst working with leaders in the field of international relations. As well as enhancing your knowledge in international relations and the complex and contradictory forces that shape the global agenda, this programme will equip you with excellent research skills, and develop your knowledge of relevant methodologies and approaches.

Classes 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.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5505MInternational Relations I: International Thought in Historical Context30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5515MInternational Relations II: Contemporary International Theory30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth), 1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

FOAH5000MEngaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5202MGlobal Politics of Health30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5323MEuropean Defence and Security Analysis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5410MContemporary Politics of the Middle East30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5527MTheories and Concepts in Global Political Economy30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5528MCapitalism in Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5548MThe Responsibility to Protect30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5562MInternational Relations and the Environment30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5570MTerrorism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5580MClimate Security30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5598MCivil War and Intrastate Conflict30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5625MThe Global Political Economy of Money, Debt and Finance30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5650MDiplomatic Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5652MGlobal Governance30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5660MEthics and Politics of Migration and Citizenship30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5737MElections and Voters30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Elective modules:

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