Taught course

International Relations and Russian Studies

Staffordshire University · Law, Policing and Forensics

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 course?

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. Each application is assessed 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.

Application from Overseas Students

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


Applications from candidates with disabilities are always considered and assessment of their abilities and learning requirements will be undertaken sensitively. There will be consideration of your requirements and alternative arrangements will be made to allow you to complete the programme where possible.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The MA in International Relations and Russian Studies has a strong contemporary orientation and stands at the core of the discipline of International Relations (IR). It will provide you with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of international relations, security issues and Russia as a geopolitical region.

This course provides an excellent opportunity for professionals interested or already working in this area, as well as a thorough 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 expert knowledge of Russia and specific IR experience of the team in History & Politics and Sociology. Our staff are highly experienced in the development and delivery of virtual teaching and learning. Online learning provides you with the control over where and when you study. You will also be able to access regionally-appropriate language tuition (for an additional fee) from the Rosetta Stone language programme, giving you the opportunity to enhance the comprehensiveness of your distance learning MA degree. You will receive guidance and support through the virtual learning process as you gain confidence and knowledge.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 1782 294 400