Through a combination of core and specialist modules, the MSc in International Relations is constructed around a series of modules that will help you analyse the multifaceted origins, evolution and conflictual development of the international political system.
You will explore the analytical application of a range of the core theories and contemporary concepts that make up the canon of International Relations. You will also interrogate the relative merits and shortcomings of ideologies, political, economic and socio-cultural philosophies, structures of power, and systems of governance across in order to better understand the global political system.
Modules on International Relations (as well as the Security Studies specialism) are comprised of formal lectures on key themes of IR, security and globalisation, and interactive seminars that explore global actors, structures, and policies, making use of a robust range of teaching and learning styles to deconstruct this complex and fast changing subject area.
Based on nationally recognized, award winning teaching styles, graduate classes are engaging and interactive, ranging from simulation games that reflect the actual workings of an international institution or a given security actor, to negotiation-based group work, as well as the analysis of key international policy texts, treaties or conventions, Students are encouraged to produce work in the form of briefing notes, blogs and pieces of advocacy, all focusing on contemporary challenges to the international structure, ensuring that students completing the MSc in International Relation graduate with an advanced knowledge of their chosen area through the most contemporary pedagogic styles.
You will follow five core modules, which provide a comprehensive foundation for the pathway as a whole. The modules are taught to all graduate students within the Politics/International Relations programme, introducing them to basic concepts, working approaches, research methodologies and current political dilemmas that help link the scholarly subject matter of International Relations, Politics and European Politics to real-world issues.
- Research Methods 1, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (Autumn term)
- Research Methods 2, and Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (Spring term)
- The MSc Dissertation (Spring and Summer terms)
All five of these graduate modules have been carefully and methodically laid out in a clear and comprehensive fashion, to prepare you in the most thorough and engaging way possible both to manage your accompanying specialism modules, and to then undertake the graduate dissertation that completes the totality of the degree pathway.
Designed in a thoroughly interdisciplinary manner with colleagues from across the school, the two Research Methods modules are specially designed to introduce graduate students to the fundaments of graduate study, and the subject-specific background and research requirements appropriate for International Relations, Politics, and European Politics.
The working practices and methods laid out in the two Research Methods modules provide students with the historical and theoretical foundations of social and political science, and then move on to examine the full range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, analytical, methodological and writing skills. The objectives of these two core courses are reinforced in the two associated core modules: Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives, and Advanced Principles in Politics and International Relations, in which students gain a truly interdisciplinary understanding of both International Relations, and the security specialism of their degree. Both these core modules are fascinatingly multi disciplinary in their construction, allowing students to gain a genuinely multi-dimensional perspective of the classic theories, and contemporary that comprise the world of international relations, and the particular challenges of their Security specialism.
Attention is paid to developing transferrable skills in all five of these core modules, generating a variety of viable research skills and techniques, a range of written outputs, and increasing confidence in giving oral presentations. From this foundation of 80 credits, you then take another 40 credits of taught modules, deepening your Security specialism, and further preparing you for your selected dissertation topic.
The dissertation is the culmination of the postgraduate learning experience in International Relations, drawing upon the wide range of intellectual and skills developed throughout the degree pathway, and providing an extended opportunity for you to undertake independent work, display individual thought, and take responsibility for the management of your own learning.
In addition, you will have two specialised modules, one on Contemporary Security, which engages with different concepts in the field of Security Studies. The second specialised module is called Security in the Digital Age, and focuses on new security challenges and our changing understanding of security in the 21st century
MSc in International Relations (Security Studies)
Research Methods 1
Research Methods 2
|Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (20 Credits)
|Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (20 Credits)
|Security in the Digital Age
|Dissertation: Assessing Security Studies (60 Credits)