Taught course

Geopolitics and International Affairs

University of Sussex · School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.

Months of entry


Course content

The world is undergoing significant strategic and geopolitical redefinition. Several major powers have been developing doctrines aligned with their wider strategic objectives in the 21st century.

You’ll investigate the relationships of the major states within the international system. You’ll focus on:

  • the historical evolution and current revival of the concept of geopolitics. This includes energy security the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, and democracy promotion
  • grand strategies. This includes the foreign policy of the US, the re-emergence of Russia and the rise of China
  • key regional dynamics. This includes the Middle East, European security, international security in South and East Asia, and geopolitical rivalries in Africa.

You’ll study at the Centre of Theoretical Innovation on International Politics. We host the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research, the Centre for Advanced International Theory and the Centre for Global Political Economy. You’ll learn through our interdisciplinary approach, cutting-edge research, area studies expertise, international faculty and a distinctive programme of events.

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

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