Durham University

Durham University

Politics and International Relations (Political Theory)

This programme provides students with systematic knowledge and the tools to critically review the complex relationships between government and society at a variety of levels and in different contexts. It also enables students to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion, theories and paradigms within the broad field of politics and international relations, and to draw lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations. It aims to develop students' ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion, to critically evaluate research at the current limits of theoretical understanding, and to equip students so that they have the ability to master complex political concepts and evaluate the significance of major developments in political thought in general as well as international relations theory.

Entry requirements

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

Course modules

Two core modules worth 30 credits, plus a Dissertation worth 75 credits, plus 5 optional modules to the value of 75 credits - 60 of which must be from the list A.
Core Modules:
Methodology in the Social Sciences,
Research Methods and Dissertation Production.
List A:
In previous years these have included:

Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought,
Issues in the Politics of Military Occupations,
International Relations Theory,
Political Ideology,
Human Rights,
Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain since 1850,
Just War in Political Theory and Practice,
List B:
European Institutions and the Policy Process,
European Security,
German Foreign Policy,
International Relations and Security in the Middle East,
Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China,
Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business,
The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East,
Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis,
The European Union as a Global Actor,
The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East,
Model United Nations,
Region, Nation and Citizen in South East Asia,
A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

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 7,400 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
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 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone number: 
0191 334 5656