Aston University

Aston University

International Relations and Global Governance

Through this programme, graduates gain a high level understanding of political and economic power in a globalised world. The programme comprises both taught modules and a research dissertation and students are required to complete 180 credits to qualify for the MA.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have, or expect to obtain, an upper 2nd Class Honours Degree in an appropriate subject, or equivalent qualification. Applicants whose 1st language is not English must also have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6 in each component or an equivalent qualification.

Course modules

Core modules: international relations theory; globalisation, regionalism, and global governance; dissertation. Optional modules: the EU as a global actor; the EU: a web of institutions; leaders and leadership in a European and global context; Europe�s regions and their governance; Asia-Europe relations: between inter-regionalism and bilateralism; religion and politics; security and defence in Europe; ; international political communication concepts and strategies for social researchers; international ethics and literature; transatlantic relations in historical perspective: the us and Europe; international security; comparative and international political economy; EU law and policymaking; concepts and strategies for qualitative social science; concepts and strategies for social data analysis; rethinking European integration; international political thought; language module (choice of French, English, German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese).

Assessment methods

The taught modules are assessed mainly by written examination or extended essay. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a 15,000 word dissertation leading to the award of the MA.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,250 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 5,250 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 5,250 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 13,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 5,250 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Aston Campus Birmingham B4 7ET West Midlands

Key information

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0121 204 3762