University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

International Relations

This programme provides a sustained engagement with key issues in contemporary international relations including development and political economy, critical and human security, globalisation, gender, identity, human rights, and governance. Building on a foundational course on the conceptual/ theoretical underpinnings of international relations, the programme offers a range of courses that enable individualised programmes of specialised study on a particular theme or region.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree classification or equivalent in international relations, politics, history, human geography, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, development studies, languages, law or other cognate disciplines. For candidates who do not meet these admission criteria, relevant professional experience (e.g. work for NGOs, the civil service, the military, the international media) and supportive references are taken into account. Prospective applicants who are unsure about their eligibility are encouraged to address an informal inquiry to the course director. Applicants who have been educated in the medium of English are still required to meet the English language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that applicants meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. Applicants who are in doubt about their proficiency in English should contact the British Council office or its equivalent in their country. For applicants whose 1st language is not English, it is important that their proficiency in English is good in order for them to study successfully at the University.

Course modules

The MSc requires successful completion of 180 credits, including the 30 credit core module, three 30 credit modules from the electives list, and a 12-15,000 words dissertation (worth 60 credits). The Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits, including the 30 credit core module and three 30 credit modules from the electives list. 1st semester. Core modules: theories and concepts in international relations (30 credits). Electives (30 credits each): themes in Latin American studies; the politics of human rights; the evolution of international law in a world of crises. 2nd semester. Electives (30 credits each): Latin American security: conditions and challenges; dimensions of globalisation; terrorism and counter terrorism; international organisations and world order; global security issues; post-conflict justice and peacebuilding; the use of force in international law. Summer semester: dissertation (60 credits).

Assessment methods

Formal assessment will be made through coursework, written examination, or a combination thereof, as prescribed for each course, and by submission of a dissertation. The assessment rationale for the MSc is that a wide range of assessment exercises should be used to support the development of the various skills required for a career in International Relations.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time January 2017 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Secretary, School of Social Science
Telephone number: 
01224 272762