Taught course

International Relations

Durham University · School of Government and International Affairs

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Entry requirements

UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent. The degree should be in the field of social sciences, but we will actively consider significant relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.

Months of entry


Course content

This course combines a sound basis of advanced knowledge in the broader field of International Relations with the opportunity to choose optional specialist areas of study from among those offered in SGIA, and other schools and departments such as Modern Languages and Cultures.

Throughout the course, you will gain an 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; regime analysis and the concept of soft power governance and historical/contemporary issues and debates in the politics and political economy of specific states and/or areas and/or international institutions and organisations.

Core modules:

• International Relations Theory

• International Organisations

• Dissertation.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,500.00 per year
International students
£21,000.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Government and International Affairs