Entry requirements (Home)
All applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme.
Generally applicants should have a 2:1 or above from a Honours degree in a related subject. Although most applicants will be graduates, the fact that candidates may not have a degree is not necessarily a bar to entry. Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed.
A pre-written personal statement (minimum 500 words) can be copied and pasted into your application in the appropriate section of the online form. Your personal statement should include information on why you are interested in the subject of international relations, why you are interested in the International Relations programme at Liverpool John Moores University, and how your previous knowledge and experiences contribute to you being successful on the programme.
Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 must be achieved, with a minimum of 7.0 in academic writing.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Months of entry
You will examine the central challenges of the world we live in today from contemporary and historical perspectives. This innovative MA will provide a grounding in international relations theory while examining in depth issues of enduring international significance.
- Learn from experts and practitioners in the field of International Relations
- Benefit from assistance when organising an internship
- Erasmus funding available for internships in Europe
- Enjoy field trips to explore the complex workings of institutions and think tanks in the UK and Europe
- Help to organise and take part in national conference/symposia
- Join a highly motivated postgraduate research community
The MA International Relations is designed to help you examine the central challenges of the world we live in today in both contemporary and historical perspectives.
The programme takes an expanded definition of what is International Relations and covers a range of subjects from economics, politics, law and culture to examining the actions of international organisations, nation-states and non-state actors.
It provides you with an essential grounding in international relations theory and also provides a range of specialist modules which examine in depth issues of enduring international significance: conflict, US foreign policy, state-building in the colonial and post-colonial world, and the role of humanitarian actions by state and non-state actors.
In addition to the cross-faculty taught aspects of the MA, this programme recognises the importance of networking by obtaining employment in a related field. This is why we will provide opportunities of an internship programme and will hold and attend regular events and workshops with experts.
Information for international students
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.
Fees and funding
Please see the course page for more information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090