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International Relations

This course combines a sound basis of advanced knowledge and understanding in the broader and more disparate field of International Studies with the opportunity to choose optional specialist areas of study from among those offered in the School, and other schools such as Modern Languages and Cultures. The particular interests reflected in the choice of options may then be developed through the researching and writing of a dissertation. Throughout the course, you will gain advanced knowledge and understanding of: - The extent to which an international community has developed and the driving forces shaping its development - Factors determining humanitarian interventions - The processes of globalisation in the political, economic, cultural and scientific fields - The governance role of international organisations - How the degree of integration of countries into the international political and economic system varies and the determinants of those variations - Historical and/or contemporary issues and debates in the politics and political economy of specific states and/or areas and/or international institutions and organisations - Regime analysis and the concept of soft power governance - An appropriate topic in international politics of their choice

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.

Course modules

Core modules: International Relations Theory; International Organisations; Dissertation. One option (may include the following): Global Governance; Global Political Theory; Debates in European Politics; The Politics of East Asia; International Politics of the Middle East; History of Political Thought; Contemporary Political Philosophy.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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