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 also 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 1st 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: methodology in the social sciences; research methods and dissertation production; dissertation. Optional modules: issues in the politics of military occupations; international relations theory; political ideology; human rights; region, nation and citizen in South East Asia; approaches to the study of modern Muslim societies; collective identities and political thought in Britain since 1850; just war in political theory and practice; 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; politics, government and civil society in 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; a module offered by the school of modern languages and cultures.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed by essays, unseen and seen examinations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone number: 
+44 (0) 191 334 5656