Durham University

Durham University

International Relations (East Asia)

This programme provides students with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations. It enables students 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.

Entry requirements

2.1 or 1st class Honours 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: international relations theory; model united nations; research methods and dissertation production; dissertation.; east Asia route core module:; strategic Asia: policy and analysis; regional modules:; region, nation and citizen in SE Asia; political economy and development in Chinese business; nationalism, revolution and reform in contemporary china. Non-regional modules: European institutions and the policy process; the European union as a global actor; German foreign policy; collective identities and political thought in Britain; collective memory and identity in post-war Europe; contemporary socio-political issues in Muslim religious thought; European security; international relations and security in the Middle East; politics, government and civil society in the middle east; the political economy of development in the Middle East; 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; political ideology; a module offered by the school of modern languages and cultures.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by essays and unseen/seen examinations.


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: 
0191 334 5656