If you are interested in pursuing an international career in government, public administration, diplomacy, policy formation or research, this master’s degree aims to help you understand and interpret issues and challenges facing our increasingly interconnected world.
This fascinating course explores the emerging discipline of international relations, from a theoretical and historical perspective and in the context of issues and events in contemporary politics and society.
You will study three mandatory subject-specific modules covering international relations, diplomacy and human trafficking.
Why choose this course?
Our highly-experienced faculty includes active researchers who also work or consult for governments, international organisations and prominent think tanks. In the most recent national research assessment, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 69% of research in Politics and International Studies was recognised internationally, of which 32% was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
Research-informed teaching will be delivered by our many experts on peacekeeping, foreign policy, criminal mafias, security and policing, which includes a current Director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
International experience opportunities
In addition to the international opportunities described above, the School of Humanities has a partnership with Lazarski University in Warsaw, Poland. There is the possibility of individual students exchanging with Lazarski under the Erasmus programme. Students from both institutions have also previously participated in Model European Parliaments supported by EU funding in Coventry and in Lecce, Italy.
We have also previously held Online International Learning (OIL) activities, including webinars and exchange visits, with the University of Costa Rica, the University of Buenos Aires and with the South International Cooperation organisation in Sicily. This is an opportunity to meet, work and collaborate with peers from diverse backgrounds, cultures and nationalities without leaving the UK, for example, taking part in live debates with students in Italy, presenting with peers in Mexico or developing case studies with colleagues in Russia.
Employers are looking for individuals with the ability to work across different cultures, to manage teams and possess problem-solving and critical analysis skills.
As well as giving you the opportunity to achieve two additional awards, the CMI accredited Global Professional Development module will help set you apart in a competitive job market. It’ll aim to provide practical leadership skills to critically evaluate and develop solutions for complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that you will experience in your future organisations.