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Politics and International Relations

University of Winchester · Faculty of Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Examine the impact of politics on society from perspectives including business, climate change, nationalism, gender and non-governmental organisations
  • Discuss and debate the key contemporary issues at global and local levels
  • Complete optional work and/or volunteer placements for practical experience to apply to your learning

Politics and International Relations at Winchester examines government and society at the local, regional, and global level, enabling you to critically evaluate key issues and debates that are of vital importance in our ever-changing world.

In order to understand contemporary international politics, you explore government and society from the perspective of state organisations, non-state bodies, and international institutions and groups.

You consider a variety of relevant contemporary topics including, but not limited to, war and conflict; climate change; trade and finance; the rise of populist politics; big power politics; and the United Nations’ Security Council. As part of your studies, you gain the skills necessary to evaluate critically the key issues and debates involved.

The core modules encourage you to engage with the interests and research specialisms of staff while allowing space for discussion of contemporary issues that are of the upmost importance in a rapidly changing world. The optional Independent Study (Work Placement) module gives you the opportunity to build a wide range of transferable skills and personal networks to enhance your employment opportunities.

You study core modules including Theories of International Relations, Key Issues in Global Politics, Research Methods and Skills, and either Independent Study (Dissertation) or Independent Study (Volunteering). Optional modules include Political Futures, Thucydides, E.H.Carr and Power Transition in International Politics, Political Economy of Money and Finance, and Gender and National Security.

This course is excellent preparation for a career in government and civil society, marketing, research or research development.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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