City, University of London

City, University of London

International Politics

The International Politics MA programme is for students who want to explore international politics more widely and then drill down to follow their unique interests and specialise their knowledge. The MA is designed to give you the chance to pursue 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 probe the ideas that structure the way we think about the world and examine the institutions that determine events. We then focus on how you can use this new understanding to judge global affairs for yourself. International Politics is an expansive and ever-changing subject so you learn about the broad contours of the field while developing 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

MA: You should have a first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree in politics, the social sciences, law, business studies or humanities. However, we will also consider applications from students with a degree in any other subject where applicants have gained significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research. Other Suitable Qualifications: Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students: If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree. The normal requirement is a good honours degree in any subject but applicants are also welcome from those with substantial experience in the media, information services or the communication sectors.

Course modules

Core modules: Theories of International Politics; International Politics Research Workshop; International Politics Dissertation. 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); Development and International Politics (15 credits); Religion in Global Politics (15 credits); Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future (30 credits); Global Political Economy (30 credits); Political Economy of Global Finance (15 credits); The Politics of Forced Displacement and Resettlement (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); or Economic Diplomacy (15 credits). Typical modules offered by the Sociology Department: Developments in Communication Policy (30 credits); Transnational Media and Communication (30 credits); Criminal Minds (15 credits); r 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); or International Law & the Use of Force (30 credits).

Assessment methods

Each taught module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay. 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

Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 9,690 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 9,690 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 9,690 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 15,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 9,690 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 9,690 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 7,650 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,845 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,845 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,845 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,845 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,845 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years

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