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International Relations

This programme 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.

Entry requirements

2.1 or 1st Class degree at Honours level or the international equivalent. English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 (with no component below 6.5) or equivalent.

Course modules

Core Modules: Research Methods and Dissertation Production, Model United Nations, International Relations Theory, Optional Modules: Optional modules in previous years have included: European Institutions and the Policy Process, The European Union as a Global Actor, German Foreign Policy, Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe, Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Since 1850, Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought, European Security, International Relations and Security in the Middle East, Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation, Just War in Political Theory and Practice, The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East, America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy, Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia, Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business, Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China, Human Rights, Political Ideology, Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis, Theories of Capitalism, A module offered by the School of Modern Languages.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 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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