Taught course

International Relations by Distance Learning

Queen Mary, University of London · Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Entry requirements

A 2:1 BA or its equivalent in one of the social sciences or humanities. We will also consider applicants who might not have a BA but can demonstrate sufficient professional experience in a cognate field.

Months of entry


Course content

  • What are the main characteristics of the international order?
  • To what extent is the international order based on conflict or cooperation?
  • How is the global financial crisis affecting international politics?
  • Do foreign military interventions in civil wars help or hinder peace-making?
  • Why are economic resources so unevenly spread across the world, and what are the prospects for global justice?

If you are interested in these questions then the MA in International Relations is the programme for you. You will discuss the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in international relations, including state sovereignty and international order, conflict and war, human rights and the political economy of North-South relations. You will also undertake a critical survey of the main theories and concepts associated with the study of international politics. The programme will provide you with a set of cutting-edge analytical skills and knowledge that will allow you to think, talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as providing a firm foundation for further study.

The School of Politics and International Relations is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellent and innovative teaching and research amongst its faculty, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking among our students. We are placed 14th in the country for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs (the best published research), meaning that you will be personally taught by academics who are leaders in their field.

The school has particular strengths in international security, conflict and war, the political economy of North-South relations, international political theory, Middle East politics, and the transition from the Cold War to the contemporary post-Cold War world. This programme is led by research active staff, who are responding to the very latest global events, so content is very timely.

You will also learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields, who are contributing to our understanding of the subject. The diversity of our staff and students, and the local area, mean that QMUL is a great place to study International Relations.

Information for international students

Students from outside the United Kingdom must provide evidence of English language proficiency. An IELTS 7 or equivalent is required. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/languagerequirements

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    distance learning
    12 months
      part time
      24 months
        full time
        12 months

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