- UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent.
- A degree in the field of Social Sciences is preferable, however, in assessing the application we also take into account other facilitating factors such as relevant such as relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.
- Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate.
Months of entry
This course provides you 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 you 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 your 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 you with 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.
- Ideologies and Political Thought OR Contemporary Political Philosophy
- International Relations Theory OR International Organisation
Examples of optional modules:
A choice of two options (which may include the following):
- Contemporary Political Philosophy
- Core Concepts in Political Science
- The Politics of the European Union
- Designing Political Inquiry
- Global Governance
- Global Political Theory
- Ideologies and Political Thought
- International Politics of the Middle East
- International Relations Theory
- International Organisations
- The Politics of East Asia.
Information for international students
If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
Fees and funding
For further information see the course listing.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- School of Government and International Affairs