University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

International Relations

Overview Conflict, instability and insecurity are just some of the major challenges threatening the peace and prosperity of the world. If you're eager to tackle these issues - and help create strategies to overcome them - then our MA International Relations degree course is for you. On this MA International Relations course, you'll unpack the skills needed to analyse and understand our political world. You'll grow your understanding of current political trends, by studying topics such as the emergence of new regional powers and non-governmental actors, the rise of fundamentalist terrorism, the spread of globalisation, and the sway of identity and citizenship politics on the global stage. And when you graduate, you'll have the expertise you need to pursue a career in international relations, politics, the civil service or the commercial sector. What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Learn about the key themes in international relations, such as contemporary security, global governance, and nation and identity Develop expertise in issues relating to Europe, ideal for students who intend to pursue careers in European institutions or with political lobbyists and thinktanks Teaching informed by contemporary political culture and the research expertise of our staff, including the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of a Transnational Europe (CESTE2) and Transnational Civil Society Take part in work experience, a useful way to combine postgraduate study with practical experience to bolster your CV Complete an independent research project in a subject relevant to your future career Get to study with members of CEISR, the UK's largest centre for European Studies Stand out against the competition, by learning subject expertise and advanced research skills Use our facilities, including the Study Centre and library, with 24/7 access to electronic resources including ejournals and newspapers Get expert advice from our Employability Team about placements, internships, and careers Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in international relations. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities More than ever, there's a demand for people with an advanced knowledge of European affairs. When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in fields which value this interdisciplinary knowledge. What's more, the course provides advanced training in transferable skills which can be applied across careers in: Local government UK civil service Foreign government European and international institutions NGOs Teaching Further research Commercial sector We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Entry requirements

MA: A good honours degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or related subject. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Core modules: Global governance; challenges to EU politics and governance; contemporary security in international relations (providers and challenges); dissertation/major project. Optional modules: Europe (integration and democratisation); France and Africa (from the colonial to the contemporary era); nation and identity in Europe; Europe and the world; negotiation and lobbying in the EU (a simulation game); independent project; work-based learning.

Assessment methods

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars in the afternoons and evenings. Part-time students who may be in employment are usually able to structure their course over two years such that tuition is concentrated on no more than two afternoons and evenings per week. Assessment for most units on the course is in the form of an extended essay or project plus a 15,000-word dissertation at the end.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2019 6,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,500 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 3,500 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 13 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 13 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 13 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 13 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 13 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 13 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 13 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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