Taught course

International Relations

University of Greenwich · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants typically require: An undergraduate degree classification of 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline (in exceptional circumstances a 2.2 may be considered) OR a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area OR professional experience, research in a professional capacity or publication in journals or presentation at conferences/seminars OR other qualifications and/or experience that demonstrate that a candidate possesses knowledge and skills commensurate with the standard of a good honours degree. • Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme takes account of the perspectives and concerns of non-core states in international relations - developing countries and countries in transition or conflict, and those states marginalised in the global system. How do these states manage political relations in the international system? What impact do international regimes and international law have upon international politics? To what extent can the non-core states influence the global order? Can we identify changes to the global order from new emerging powers in the 21st century?

The programme develops critical perspectives on theory and practice in international affairs, and enables students to understand and evaluate issues in the contemporary global arena. It also develops key analytical skills associated with thinking, speaking and writing clearly and critically about contemporary international issues, and provides a firm foundation for students who wish to pursue further research leading to a PhD degree.

The programme is likely to appeal to those who have a broad interest in international relations, including those whose future employment is likely to involve the public, private and/or non-governmental sphere in an international context.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with an opportunity to study international relations with a particular focus on the perspectives, experience and problems facing non-core states in the international system, including developing countries, and marginal and weak states
  • To provide students with a grounding in the normative and explanatory theoretical frameworks used to study international politics
  • To enable students to develop and apply their knowledge and skills to the understanding and evaluation of international issues and how these impact upon human rights, globalisation, inequality, international crime and terrorism, security and insecurity
  • To explore the nature of the global governance system, the role of contemporary power politics, and the capacity of different state actors to shape this system
  • To enable students to develop key generic skills in critical thinking, conceptual analysis, research, and oral and written communication of information and arguments.


  • Theory and Issues in International Politics
  • Research Issues and Methods
  • Issues and Practice in International Politics: State and Nation-building
  • Foundations for Postgraduate Study
  • Dissertation
  • One or two options from: Post Colonialism and the Coming Community; Public International Law; International Human Rights Law; Regulatory Institutions of the World Economy; Globalisation and Development; Britain in the International System; Crime, Terrorism and the State

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000