Taught course

International Relations

Institution
Durham University · School of Government and International Affairs
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry

October

Course content

This programme combines a sound basis of advanced knowledge and understanding in the broader and more disparate field of International Studies with the opportunity to choose optional specialist areas of study from among those offered in the School, and other schools such as Modern Languages and Cultures. The particular interests reflected in the choice of options may then be developed through the researching and writing of a dissertation.

Through the programme, you will gain advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • The extent to which an international community has developed and the driving forces shaping its development
  • Factors determining humanitarian interventions
  • The processes of globalisation in the political, economic, cultural and scientific fields
  • The governance role of international organisations
  • How the degree of integration of countries into the international political and economic system varies and the determinants of those variations
  • Historical and/or contemporary issues and debates in the politics and political economy of specific states and/or areas and/or international institutions and organisations
  • Regime analysis and the concept of soft power governance
  • An appropriate topic in international politics of their choice

Course Structure

Students will take four core modules to the value of 135 credits and optional modules to the value of 45 credits.

Core Modules:

  • Research Methods and Dissertation Production
  • Model United Nations
  • International Relations Theory

Optional Modules:

Optional modules in previous years have included:

  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • German Foreign Policy
  • Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe
  • Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Since 1850
  • Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought
  • European Security
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
  • Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation
  • Just War in Political Theory and Practice
  • The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
  • America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
  • Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia
  • Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business
  • Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China
  • Human Rights
  • Political Ideology
  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis
  • Theories of Capitalism
  • A module offered by the School of Modern Languages.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
7400
International students
16500

Scholarships and funding

https://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/funding/

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Government and International Affairs
Email
sgia.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Phone
(0) 191 334 5656