Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

International Relations and Global Communications

We live in a communications-saturated world where 24-hour news coverage, access to the internet and the use of social media have become the norm for millions of people. This programme will equip you with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary international relations and of key developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the media. It will also provide you with the knowledge, methods and techniques to effectively engage with and critically evaluate the interaction between these two areas of study.

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper 2nd Class undergraduate UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, or equivalent academic qualification. If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field.

Course modules

You will study the following core units: International relations theory; current issues in media and communication; social science research methods; dissertation. You will then choose 3 optional units, taking at least 1 from each subject area, International Relations options include: Contemporary US foreign policy; Europe in turmoil; the policymaking process and comparative public policy; global communications options include: Globalisation, media and consumption; digital rights; critical discourse analysis; intercultural communication.

Assessment methods

An extensive range of different forms of assessment is used throughout the programme including essays, policy-papers, oral presentations and reports, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, a research proposal, a 15,000 word dissertation, an article review and a public policy case study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

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