Taught course

Politics and International Relations (Political Theory)

Durham University · School of Government and International Affairs

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


Course content

This programme provides students with systematic knowledge and the tools to critically review the complex relationships between government and society at a variety of levels and in different contexts. It also enables students to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion, theories and paradigms within the broad field of politics and international relations, and to draw lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations. It also aims to develop students' ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate research at the current limits of theoretical understanding, and to equip students so that they have the ability to master complex political concepts and evaluate the significance of major developments in political thought in general as well as international relations theory.

Course Structure

Two core modules worth 30 credits, plus a Dissertation worth 75 credits, plus 5 optional modules to the value of 75 credits - 60 of which must be from the list A.

Core Modules:
  • Methodology in the Social Sciences
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Production
List A:

In previous years these have included:

  • Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought
  • Issues in the Politics of Military Occupations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Political Ideology
  • Human Rights
  • Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain since 1850
  • Just War in Political Theory and Practice
List B
  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • European Security
  • German Foreign Policy
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
  • Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China
  • Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business
  • The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East
  • Model United Nations
  • Region, Nation and Citizen in South East Asia
  • A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Government and International Affairs
(0) 191 334 5656