City, University of London

City, University of London

International Politics and Human Rights

The International Politics and Human Rights programme is for students who want to explore international politics and human rights more widely and then drill down to specialise their knowledge. The MA is designed to give you the chance to create your own questions about the way the world works - and to shape arguments where you feel it doesn't. This is a course where you will challenge your own point of view. We unpick the ideas that structure the way we understand the world, so we can identify how those understandings shape global events. We then focus on how the way we view things may, in itself, be ethically problematic. International Politics and Human Rights is an evolving subject so you explore unique specialisms backed by real-world research. The department's academics are actively shaping policy, sitting on the advisory board for the Corbyn shadow cabinet, hosting talks on the human right to housing in London, and engaging in study groups around the Obama presidency. This keeps the content of the course effective and current, giving students a contemporary lens from which to view rapid political change.

Entry requirements

You should have a first or upper second-class honours (or equivalent) degree in politics, the social sciences, humanities or law. However, we also welcome applications from those with substantial experience in human rights organisations, NGOs, social services, journalism and other related sectors.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students:

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, based in purpose-built study facilities. Once you have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London you can progress to this Masters degree.

Course modules

Core modules
Human Rights and the Transformation of World Politics IPM118 (30 credits); Global Ethics: Principles, Power and Politics IPM117 (30 credits); and International Politics Dissertation IPM111 (60 credits).

Elective modules:
Choose 60 credits from -
Typical modules offered by the Department of International Politics:
Understanding Security in the 21st Century (15 credits);
International Organisations in Global Politics (15 credits);
Theories of International Politics (30 credits);
Development and international politics (15 credits);
Religion in Global Politics (15 credits);
Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future (30 credits);
Political Economy of Global Finance (15 credits);
The Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits);
Global Governance (15 credits);
International Politics of the Middle East (15 credits);
Global Financial Governance (15 credits);
Strategy, Diplomacy and Decision-making (30 credits);
US Foreign Policy (15 credits);
Foreign Policy Analysis (15 credits);
Economic Diplomacy (15 credits);
Global Political Economy: Contemporary Approaches (30 credits).
Typical modules offered by the Department of Sociology:
Developments in Communication Policy (30 credits);
Transnational Media and Communication (30 credits);
Criminal Minds (15 credits);
Crime News (15 credits).
Typical modules offered by The City Law School:
International Human Rights in Law and Practice (30 credits);
Human Rights in the EU (30 credits);
International Criminal Law: Crimes & Institutions (30 credits)
Law and War (30 credits);
Minorities and Indigenous People in International Law (30 credits);
International Law & the Use of Force (30 credits).
* MA International Politics and Human Rights students have access to additional LLM options with The City Law School - a full list is available in the programme specification.

Assessment methods

Each taught module is assessed by an essay, either a 5,000-word essay for 30 credit modules or a 3,000-word essay for 15 credit modules. There are no examinations. Your final MA marks are derived from a combination of your essay and dissertation grades.

You are required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 words in an area linked to the MA degree. Your dissertation topic will be agreed with your personal tutor/supervisor.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements. Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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