Taught course

International Relations

Liverpool Hope University · Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in history, politics, international relations or a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business).

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

International Relations (IR) is a fast growing academic discipline, reflecting the speed and complexity with which the 21st century world is changing. It is no longer a question of thinking at local, national or regional level – instead we need a properly international approach to understand the contemporary world.

This MA course engages students in central debates and issues in International Relations and provides them with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to better understand the world and international system in which we live and how it affects our states and societies. The MA International Relations is designed to enable students to analyse key events in the international system, both historical and contemporary, and interpret them using theoretical ideas and key concepts to appreciate the development and trajectory of world relations between and within states.

The study of International Relations has traditionally focused on the role of the nation state. While this will be a core aspect of the MA, the programme will go beyond this to examine international relations from a broader perspective. It will take into account the role of other organisations, such as the UN or EU, and also international NGOs. It will also include an examination of aspects of international society such as the globalisation of media and the role of gender. The aim is to allow students to engage with International Relations both from traditional perspectives and from alternative views and visions of global structures.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
27 months

Course contact details

UK Student Recruitment
+44 (0) 151 291 3111