Taught course

International Relations (via Distance Learning)

Staffordshire University · Creative Arts and Engineering

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree or above, or relevant professional experience. Language level has to be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The MA International Relations offers a strong theory orientation in order to provide a course capable of standing at the core of the current discipline. It provides a substantial introduction to the main theoretical debates that shape the discipline and offers excellent preparation for undertaking research degree.

The course locates the development of International Relations within the context of twentieth century change. More pragmatically the course includes a focus on diplomatic concerns faced by decision-makers, in states and key international organisations, faced with global change. The course is given clear direction through its core modules. You will be provided with a thorough overview of perspectives on the international politics of the twentieth century and the problems faced by states in their efforts to co-exist. The contemporary theories and debates that define the discipline in the twenty-first century are given considerable prominence in a dedicated core module.

The course draws on the wide disciplinary experience of the team in International Relations and history. A selection of two options is already available which, with the material presented in the core and the flexibility of the dissertation, enables a degree of specialisation.

This course is designed to be attractive to students from a variety of social science backgrounds who may wish to take their study in these directions.Thus the Masters in International Relations is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to specialise in a modern internationally oriented discipline. Moreover, it is designed to be very attractive to students from around the world who themselves may bring a rich variety of perspectives, insight and experiences to bear on the programme of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
2016/17 £28.50 per credit

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 1782 294 400