Taught course

International Relations And Central Asian Studies

Staffordshire University · Creative Arts and Engineering

Entry requirements

For this online, distance-learning programme, applicants must have regular access to a computer with working internet access.

What qualifications would I need to join this programme?

The entry requirements for the course are normally:

1. A 2:1 Honours degree of a United Kingdom institution of higher education or international equivalent.
2. A Postgraduate Diploma or Post-Experience Diploma recognised as being equivalent to an Honours Degree.
3. In addition we would also accept non-standard applicants who have considerable relevant experience and a record of academic achievement. Applicants in this category may also be eligible to apply for Accreditation to Prior Learning (APL) providing enough evidence can be submitted.

Accredited Prior Learning

Students may be considered for APL/APEL on the basis of credit achieved in prior study; work based training, substantial employment or other experiential learning. This will be considered in accordance with the APL/APEL Handbook. Evaluation is according to the specified procedure. The MA Board of Studies will ensure consistent application of the Handbook.

For the Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate awards a maximum of 75% of the total credits for the course may be set against accredited prior learning/experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in International Relations and Central Asian Studies has a strong contemporary orientation and stands at the core of the discipline of International Relations. It will provide you with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of international relations, security issues and the region. This course will provide excellent preparation for either practical work in the field or undertaking a research degree. Whatever your career plans, a thorough understanding of contemporary regional conflicts is essential to those working at an international level to try to understand and resolve them.

The MA draws on the wide disciplinary and specific IR experience of the team in the History & Politics and Sociology. In addition, you will be able to access regionally-appropriate language tuition (for an additional fee) from the famous Rosetta Stone language programme, giving you the opportunity to enhance the comprehensiveness of your distance learning MA degree.

The MA is delivered in distance learning, part-time mode only, and is designed to attract students from a variety of backgrounds who may wish to take their study in these directions. Thus, the MA in International Relations and Central Asian Studies is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to learn more about the global context of a particular key region of the world. Moreover, they are designed to be attractive to students from around the world who will themselves bring a rich variety of perspectives, insight and experience to bear on the course of study.

Information for international students

The normal language requirement is Cambridge English and International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) examinations passed at WLTS 7 or other equivalent.

Fees and funding

See: Postgraduate funding @ Staffordshire University

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 1782 294 400