This MA gives you the opportunity to explore the character of the contemporary world in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing upon a strong theoretical basis as well as an empirical grounding.
The programme offers great diversity in fields of study: international politics, post-colonial theory, political theory, political economy; areas of study – Europe, China, Japan, India, Africa; methodology – empirical analysis and data collection, textual and discourse analysis, hermeneutic and philosophical enquiry, as well as diverse subjects of study: migration, technology, memory and justice, urbanisation, art and popular culture, ethics, rhetoric and anarchism.
There are options to gain practical experience through an internship, and the degree is designed to allow you the option to study subjects offered in departments other than Politics.
This programme differs from MA degrees in international relations offered elsewhere because it provides a wider view of the ‘international’ that questions its necessary Western focus and looks for alternative ways of ‘knowing’, ‘encountering’ and ‘experiencing’ the world.
It also takes an interdisciplinary approach, allowing you to tailor the degree to your needs, and offers an unusual diversity in the areas of specialty of our staff. We are one of the few Politics departments in the UK to have art practitioners, curators and some of the best Japan and China area specialists as members of staff.
The MA is especially relevant if you are considering further study at PhD level, or if you work in areas where an understanding of international politics is essential (journalism, for example).
It offers valuable training and analytical skills for those working in non-governmental organisations, international institutions and corporations, diplomatic services, government offices, media industry and teaching.
What you study
The programme covers the following modules:
- Global Political Cultures 1: Knowledge, Power and Culture (15 credits)
- Theories of International Relations (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 CATS)
You choose modules to the value of 90 credits from:
A list provided by the Department of Politics at the beginning of the academic year.
A combination of units from:
a) a list provided by the department at the beginning of the academic year, and
b) other units from other departments in the college approved by the Department of Politics, but not amounting to more than 30 CATS from outside the Department of Politics.
More about the course
Coursework; written examinations; dissertation.