2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Politics and International Studies or a closely related subject; however, all serious applicants from other disciplines will be considered; a strong personal statement
Months of entry
What are the main sources of US foreign policy making? What is the balance between power and principle in US foreign policy? What are the main threats to US national security and how are they confronted? Why is the US fighting international terrorism and can it ever be defeated?
As a leading global power, the United States and its foreign affairs have a significant impact upon international relations, both in terms of policy and academic scholarship.
This significance has grown in the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent “war on terror” in ways that have been reflected in the development of the academic literature and in the increased level of interest in the subject area. With a high concentration of US Foreign Policy experts among PAIS academics, the department is in a unique position to bring cutting-edge, in-depth knowledge and discussion to postgraduate study in this field.Programme content
This programme focuses on US foreign policy in the context of national security as well as wider aspects of the country’s foreign policy and its impact in the areas of the economy, international relations, and particularly security. Some of the questions you will tackle include:
- What are the main sources of US foreign policy making?
- What is the balance between power and principle in US foreign policy?
- How important is domestic politics in the making of US foreign policy?
- What are the main threats to US national security and how are they confronted?
- Why is the US fighting a "war on terror" and can it ever be won?
- To what degree do economic imperatives drive US foreign policy?
- What is the utility of US military force after Iraq and Afghanistan?
- To what extent should US security policy address issues such as poverty and environmental change?
- Is the US in relative decline as a world power?
Information for international students
Non-native speakers of English must have an IELTS score of 7.0, with a maximum of 6.0 or 6.5 in up to two categories, or equivalent score on another acceptable test (see Admissions for more information).
Fees and funding
There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
In the first 2 terms students take taught modules: one core module, US Foreign Policy and National Security (40 credits), and a choice of optional modules in PAIS or selected departments (80 credits). In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 credits).
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Office
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