Taught course

Politics and International Relations

University of Winchester · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

  • Politics and International Relations at Winchester examines government and society at the local, regional, and global level, enabling you to critically evaluate key issues in both contemporary and historical settings in a multidisciplinary approach from the economic, political, social and cultural from the perspective of state organisations, non-state bodies, and international institutions and groups.
  • Examine the impact of politics on society from perspectives including international relations, business, climate change, nationalism, gender and non-governmental organisations
  • Complete optional work and/or volunteer placements for practical experience to apply to your learning

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 utopian and dystopian perspectives. 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 in International Relations Theory, Key Issues in Global Politics, Political Economy of Money and Finance Research Methods and Skills, and you will choose either an Independent Study (Dissertation) or an Independent Report via Work Placement or Volunteering

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

Course contact details

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