Taught course

International Relations - MA

London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Successful applicant will normally be required to have: An undergraduate degree of second class honours or better in a relevant discipline is required. Candidates with other qualifications may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

The MA, with a current intake of around 50 students a year, draws people from all over the world and from many different backgrounds.

We aim to equip you for analytical research on contemporary structures, processes and factors in international and transnational relations. It is ideal for those whose career plans will involve dealing with international affairs but who lack an academic background in the field.

Particularly valuable if you are interested in policy issues, the vocational nature of the course is further enhanced by the dissertation, which allows you to engage in a substantial piece of research and to apply your knowledge and skills in an area of particular interest to you and your career aspirations.

Course structure

You take six modules:

Core Modules:

  • Theory and Research in International Relations
  • The Evolution of the Modern Inter-state System
  • International Relations and the Legal Regulation of Conflict

Optional modules include:

  • Religion in International Relations
  • Human Security; Security Studies
  • European Integration
  • International Conflict Resolution
  • Ethics in International Relations
  • The New Europe in the New International System

Finally, you are required to produce a dissertation of 15,000 words to be submitted at the end of the course. This forms a central component of the degree. You are invited to propose a topic for detailed independent research. You then work with staff to develop your ideas into a coherent and feasible research proposal.

Teaching methods

Courses are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars. There is a heavy emphasis on seminar discussion and presentation.


Assessment varies from module to module but typically encompasses a mixture of essays, project work, oral presentations and unseen examinations. The dissertation element forms a third of the overall assessment weighting.

Career opportunities

Students who have taken this course have progressed to a range of careers stretching from the public sector, through NGO's to international companies. It has proven particularly beneficial for those who are seeking work in organisations operating in a transnational environment.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,965 per year
International students
£11,700 per year

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202