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International Relations (Middle East)

This programme provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations. It enables you to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion concepts, theories and paradigms within the broad field of international relations, drawing lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations. Students are able to develop their ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship. Each study route aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the dynamics, including cultural and local political and ideological factors, which shape the contemporary international relations of the area. The course also provides an opportunity for studying international relations and in comparative and historical perspective taking account of regional specific political and economic factors.

Entry requirements

MA: UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent. The degree should be in the field of social sciences, but we will actively consider significant relevant experience in lieu of this requirement. Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate. MA: 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

Course modules

MA: Core modules: International Theory OR International Organisations; Dissertation; International Politics of the Middle East; Two Options (may include the following): Global Governance; Global Political Theory; Debates in European Politics; Designing Political Inquiry; The Politics of East Asia; History of Political Thought; Contemporary Political Philosophy. A 20 credit language module is allowed to be taken with all the programmes as long as it is agreed with the programme director. MA: Core Modules: International Relations Theory, Model United Nations, Research Methods and Dissertation Production, Dissertation. Middle East Route Core Module: International Relations and Security in the Middle East, Regional Modules: Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought, The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East. Non-regional Modules: In previous years these have included: German Foreign Policy, European Security, Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe, European Institutions and the Policy Process, The European Union as a Global Actor, Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain, America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Political Ideology, Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation, Just War in Political Theory and Practice, Nationalism Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China, Political Economy and Development of Chinese Business, Political Ideology, Region, Nation and Citizen in Southeast Asia, Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis, A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Assessment methods

MA: All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, you can meet your lecturers to discuss marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. You can also meet your module coordinators during weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When you are working on your dissertation during the later half of the year, you will meet your assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. You will also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need. MA: All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. You will also produce a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 17,325 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 7,700 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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School of Government and International Affairs
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