Taught course

International Relations

The University of Manchester · Politics

Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

Months of entry


Course content

International Relations is one of the most popular courses at postgraduate level. On this course you will be taught and supervised by experienced staff with strong interests in critical approaches to the study of global politics.

Course units on offer cover a wide range of global issues including:

  • Authority;
  • Citizenship;
  • Foreign policy (both China and US);
  • Gender;
  • War and peace;
  • Global ethics;
  • Human rights;
  • Media;
  • Environmental politics;
  • Security studies; and
  • Terrorism.

Two course units form the centrepiece of our course: the Graduate Seminar in International Politics and Critical Thinkers in International Politics. These units are designed to develop transferable skills in critical inquiry, creative thinking, research design and problem-solving. You will also complete a major research dissertation, with the guidance of a member of staff in international politics.

A part of a postgraduate community, you are encouraged to participate in the Critical Global Politics research cluster, who organise a seminar series attracting high profile speakers including Cynthia Enloe, Cynthia Weber, Nick Vaughan-Williams, Marysia Zalewski and Laura Shepherd, amongst others.

This route will suit those wishing to obtain a high-level specialist subject qualification and the course will appeal to students interested in developing a deeper knowledge and understanding of critically-orientated international relations. The diversity of the programme also makes it a suitable introduction to the study of global politics. Those wishing to pursue a research training qualification or a PhD are advised to explore the International Relations (Research) route.

This programme is designed for students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to careers in fields related to government and non-governmental organisations.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
0161 2751296