Taught course

Critical International Politics (Specialist)

Aberystwyth University · Department of International Politics

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a very good 2nd class Honours degree or equivalent in a cognate subject, plus a satisfactory reference. Candidates who do not meet this requirement will be considered on a case by case basis and are normally interviewed as part of the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

The Aberystwyth MA in Critical International Politics examines the nature of power and the power of incentives in a global political context. By engaging with this course, you will undertake the critical study of international politics and its bearing on issues including gender, race, class, power, sovereignty, community, memory, culture, identity, difference, modernity, harm, violence, resistance, security and many more. You will be challenged to critically evaluate current research and 'ultimately' advance the boundary of scholarship through your exploration of current problems and your identification of newly arising issues.

On this course, you will explore the conditions that give rise to contemporary forms of political activism and their potential for bringing about resistance or emancipation. In doing so, you will study critical social and political theory, postcolonial politics, international relations, environmental politics and security studies. You will understand the interconnectivity of human activity -how shifts in the political sphere create powerful changes across business, culture, religion and wider society.

Based primarily in the Department of International Politics, you will have access to leading researchers and lecturers who will teach you to open up relevant areas of study including postcolonial politics, power, identity, protest and resistance. You will become well-versed in how these areas of human activity are controlled and directed from the political power structures on a global stage.

You will also gain invaluable opportunities through the department's vibrant graduate culture, which includes a programme of visiting speakers, staff-graduate seminars, specialised research group meetings and student societies. You will enjoy access to an excellent and diverse faculty to begin building a valuable network of contacts to support any career path you choose.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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