Reasons to study International Relations at DMU:
On this course you will develop an advanced understanding of key global issues such as globalisation, international political economy, security, health and the role of states and non-state organisations.
There is wide diversity in the range of study, from international relations theory to regional integration. It will provide you with an advanced level of understanding of the modern world, including the way in which states, regions and international organisations interact.
- Wide variety of modules
Provides the opportunity to study a wide variety of fascinating modules
- Learn from internationally renowned staff
You will study in a research-rich academic environment with the opportunity to be taught by internationally renowned staff and to participate in research seminars, conferences and annual lectures
- Add international experience to your CV
You will have the opportunity to take part in #DMUglobal overseas study trips.
- Excellent student experience
Benefit from the input of high profile visiting scholars, academic staff with wide geographical subject coverage and the opportunity to participate in study trips abroad.
Structure and assessment
- Theory and Practice of International Relations – this module will provide you with an advanced understanding of international relations theory and its relationship to the contemporary world. The module starts by introducing the subject discipline of international relations and emphasises the significance and relevance of theory in explaining the contemporary world. The module then provides an understanding of the key theories and evaluates the main differences between the competing positions. By doing so, you will gain an understanding of how the practices of international relations are informed by theoretical perspectives.
- Globalisation – globalisation affects business and society at all levels. In this module, you will gain an understanding of the historical background to globalisation as well as an understanding of the economic, political and commercial contexts of globalisation. You will develop an awareness of globalisation debates together with an understanding of the effects of globalisation on various actors and an awareness of the relationship between globalisation and business
- Research Methodology – this module presents research in management and business as a strategic activity that occurs within the context of limited resources and within a framework of ethical, legal and social constraints. Attention is focused on data collection techniques appropriate for research in management and business, along with techniques for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
You will also select four elective modules which might include:
- Post-Cold War World Order
- US Foreign Policy
- Regional Security in the European Neighbourhood
- Britain and European Integration
- International Trade
- Global Health: Politics, Policy and Strategy
- International Human Resource Management
Dissertation: You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in-depth on a particular aspect of any international relations topic of your choice. You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
The course prepares you for senior roles in public and private organisations where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.
There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested in making a difference and who understand the implications of the global financial crisis, climate change, diplomacy, and sustainable development, health care and other issues affecting contemporary society.