Taught course

International Relations

Nottingham Trent University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally 2.2 or above). Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters Level in their Personal Statement. English language requirements for international students can be found at www.ntu.ac.uk/international

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA International Relations course will develop your global awareness, understanding of the complexity of contemporary international arenas and a sense of how policies can address rapid, sophisticated change.

Why choose this course?
Teaching on the course is from a truly international team and attracts a cohort from across the world. This allows you to consider many different international viewpoints and offers a thoroughly holistic learning experience. You will gain an advanced and critical understanding of International Relations Theories, Policies and Practices.

Students on this course all have the opportunity to participate in seminars, workshops and joint work with students of other postgraduate courses. This provides opportunities for you to meet and interact with our thriving research community.

The final core component of the MA International Relations course is an extended piece of written work, which entails two options. The first 'standard' option comprises the development of a coherent and viable research proposal on a topic of your choice, with its eventual assessment being a dissertation.

The other option involves a period of work-based learning, spending time engaging with a chosen institution or community-based organisation either in the local Nottinghamshire community or further afield. Here, in contrast to the development of a research proposal geared for the completion of a standard dissertation, your assessment will comprise a research plan of how you intend to draw on your experiences, which ultimately will culminate in a written work-based project.

Research-informed teaching
Teaching on the course is drawn directly from regionally aligned research strengths in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, and Europe. This research feeds directly into the course allowing you to learn about the latest issues in this field from world-renowned experts.

Core modules may include:

  • International Relations Theories;
  • Political Economy of International Security;
  • Researching Political Issues;
  • Dissertation or Work-based Research Project.

You may also choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Global Governance and International Institutions;
  • Sustainability, Citizenship and Identity.

For more information about the modules you may study, please visit our website.

Delivery and assessment
The course is delivered through workshops, lectures and small group seminars. Assessment on the course involves coursework, report writing, presentations and group work. There are also class tests, critical reviews, and critical bibliographies to prepare. To encourage and facilitate independent learning the course will take full advantage of NTU's online workspace (NOW).

Career opportunities

By nature, the International Relations subject aims to foster your Global Citizenship characteristics with the discipline’s focus on openness to the world, and its focus on sustainability issues. In addition, the knowledge and skills that you attain are generally those that employers in a variety of different sectors seek, which means that as an International Relations graduate you should have a good opportunity to promote yourself to suitable employers.

As an International Relations graduate from this course you will have had the opportunity to reflect on the subject and transferable skills that you have learned while preparing coursework, and those include expertise in writing complex yet concise analytical pieces, develop and implement projects, and the ability to present in-depth ideas with confidence. You will also have been helped and encouraged to articulate those skills in relation to particular occupations that you may be interested in pursuing. The course also focuses on developing the following skills: communication, time-management, team-working, and IT/modern technologies. Each module on this course is designed to engage students in developing these skills which often form part of assessed assignments.

Information for international students

As an international school, we are committed to enhancing our cultural and intellectual diversity. We therefore like to encourage applications from students across the world who feel we can offer them the educational opportunities they are seeking at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. To find out more visit www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

For the PG Cert all students take three core modules; for PG Dip, they take the core modules plus two 30 credit modules, from a range of options; for the MA, they complete the PG Dip and submit a 15,000 word dissertation.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment52
Professional practice15
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0) 115 848 4460