Oxford Brookes University

International Studies (International Relations)

This course covers the central foundations of the contemporary discipline of international relations which has grown beyond the traditional concern with inter-state relations. The course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced international studies, including the application of these to real world cases and issues, culminating in autonomous learning and independent study in the form of a dissertation.

Entry requirements

A 2nd class Honours degree from a university in the UK or an equivalent qualification from countries outside the UK. The degree should be in an appropriate discipline. Applicants whose home language is not English require IELTS level 6.5 (or equivalent) or GSCE English language grade A-C .

Course modules

Modules may include: International relations in theory and practice; global political economy; readings in social science; research methods in the social sciences plus one of the following: research methods in the social sciences; international security in the global era; global governance; civil society and social movements; international development; global theory: from Kant to Hardt and Negri; citizenship in theory and practice; gender in a global context; global politics and the environment; the law and politics of transnational organisations; violence and post-war reconstruction; international energy politics; dilemmas of international ethics; independent study; dissertation. Students taking the postgraduate certificate are required to complete 'international relations in theory and practice', 'global political economy' and 1 optional module from the list above.

Assessment methods

Assessment is conducted through a variety of assignments linked to the expected learning outcomes; assignments include essays, presentations, projects, reports and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,980 per Whole course (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 13,620 per Whole course (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 3,050 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

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