Taught course

International Relations and Security

University of Liverpool · School of Politics and Communication Studies

Entry requirements

International qualifications Applications from international students are encouraged and international qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. English language qualifications All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University can be found on our International webpages. Please see www.liv.ac.uk/international for English Language requirements specific to your country. If you meet the academic requirements of the course but do not have the required level of English Language, it is possible for you to come and study at the University on one of our Pre-sessional EAP programmes. Please see the English Language Centre website for further information about these programmes; www.liv.ac.uk/english-language-centre/pre-sessional-eap. If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at www.liverpool.ac.uk/english-language-centre.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA programme offers a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students from across the world to join in and learn about contemporary global debates - about the meaning of security, democracy and the role of political processes in International Relations. The unique strength of the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool is its combination of internationally recognized expertise and strong commitment to teaching and student support.

At the Department of Politics we are experts in security, democratization, resolution of conflicts, and shifting relations within and between nation states. One of the most important overarching themes of the MA is the achievement of international security by non-military means. Events in North Africa since the beginning of 2011 (often referred to as the ‘Arab Spring’) have brought this knowledge and expertise to the fore. We are already seeing an increase in demand from students interested in these countries and the political processes that they are experiencing. The department is well-placed due to its established expertise in European and global politics along with its establishment in 2000 of the widely-recognised research institute – the Europe and the World Centre.

On this programme you'll develop an advanced understanding of the key issues in international relations and global security.

We'll cover the relationships between theory, history and contemporary developments in the international sphere, on a programme that includes three core modules, three optional modules and a 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation on a relevant subject of your choice.

You'll be able to take advantage of the strong programme of activities (conferences, guest lectures, seminars) organised by the Europe in the World Centre (www.liv.ac.uk/ewc). Based in the School, the EWC's a European Commission recognised Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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