University of Essex
This course focuses on general theoretical perspectives, providing the tools for our students to understand historical and contemporary events by placing these within an analytical framework. Although we cover a number of theoretical perspectives, the emphasis is on explaining and understanding international events, rather than simply the intellectual history of international relations as a field.
Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science such as politics, international relations, economics, political economy or sociology. Degrees from other subjects may be considered where there is evidence of some mathematical training, statistical background and relevant work experience, although you will be required to submit a personal statement with your application form. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
Core modules: Theories of international relations; advanced research methods; political explanation; dissertation. Optional modules include: Comparative European politics; conflict resolution; contemporary theories of justice; ideology and political discourse; international environmental politics; international security studies; political economy; political parties in Britain and Europe; political theory; public opinion and political behaviour; research design; research seminar in political theory and methods; survey measurement and question design; theories of international relations; theory and explanation in political science.
Written coursework, assignments, end of term tests and an exam at the end of the year. Your grade for each module is calculated with a 50 per cent weighting for both coursework and exam. Dissertation grade included in final grade.
Research councils, some University of Essex studentships available; this course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to �18,000 for talented postgraduates; the University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.
|Qualification||Study mode||Fee||Course duration|
|MA||Full-time||£ 7,725 per Academic year (home fees)||12 months|
|MA||Full-time||£ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees)||12 months|
|MSc||Full-time||£ 7,725 per Academic year (home fees)||12 months|
|MSc||Full-time||£ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees)||12 months|
|MA||Part-time||£ 3,750 per Academic year (home fees)||24 months|
|MA||Part-time||£ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees)||24 months|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Colchester Campus||Colchester||CO4 3SQ||South East|
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