Taught course

International Relations and Security

University of Liverpool · School of Politics and Communication Studies

Entry requirements

Please see the course page on the University website for full details.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA offers a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students from across the world to join in and learn about contemporary debates on the meaning of security, democracy and the role of political processes in International Relations.

This MA programme offers a brilliant opportunity for you to enhance your career prospects by learning about international relations, academic methods and contemporary security debates.

One of the key characteristics of the programme is flexibility and choice, which allows you to pursue your own particular areas of interest through our optional pathways, which draw on the expert knowledge of staff in the Department of Politics i.e. International Relations and Security, Conflict Resolution and Political Communication.

The Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool has an internationally recognised expertise on topics of international relations and security. We have a unique combination of expertise in international relations theory, non-state actor violence and resolution of conflicts.

The department puts a strong emphasis on high quality teaching. Classroom seminars and lectures are designed interactively and centre around student engagement. Likewise teaching staff are passionate about making complicated matters of international relations accessible to students.


  • Advanced knowledge of a specific international relations topic(s) and/or region(s) of the world in which you have an interest in
  • Advanced expertise in a variety of significant topics in the sphere of international relations and security
  • To apply research methods in the field of social sciences to the study of international relations
  • To critically assess key concepts in the literature on international relations and security studies
  • To apply concepts in the field of international relations and security studies to the analysis of contemporary developments in the international sphere
  • Advanced understanding of the dynamics of contemporary international relations in one (or more) region(s) of the world.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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