University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

International Relations (with pathways)

This programme is for those students who wish to gain an advanced knowledge of the theory and practice of international relations, but who do not wish to restrict themselves in advance to a particular area; it gives students the freedom to choose from a full range of options and to design their own course of study. This degree offers a broad-based multidisciplinary approach to the study of international relations, with opportunities to specialise in one of several fields including international economic relations, security studies, European studies or Pacific Asian studies.

Entry requirements

For the MA programme applicants require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose 1st language is not English, a TOEFL or IELTS Certificate is required. Entry at Graduate Diploma level is possible for those with a reasonable 1st degree. Graduate Diploma students can upgrade to the MA on satisfactory examination performance. Applicants can satisfy the English language requirements in 2 ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level; by taking and successfully completing 1 of the university's English courses for international students.

Course modules

Issues examined may include: historic and leading-edge theories of international relations; critical approaches to international relations; conflict and security, including terrorism and political violence; the operation and institutions of the global economy; diplomacy and summit-level state interactions; gender and international relations. Specialist pathways: Contemporary Asia Pacific studies; diplomacy; gender; international peacekeeping; international political economy; research methods; security; terrorism and political violence. Core modules: contemporary debates in international relations theory; international law and organisations; contemporary debates in international relations theory; diplomatic history of the twentieth century; international political economy. A dissertation as well as various other modules.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,990 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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Key information

Contact: 
POLSIS Graduate Office
Telephone number: 
0121 414 3497