University of Westminster

University of Westminster

International Relations and Democratic Politics

This course provides students with an understanding of the forces shaping state, inter-state relations and global politics. Drawing on key theoretical interpretations of democratic politics, the course probes into various tenets of democratic thinking (ranging from pluralism and civil society to egalitarianism and human rights), and explores the interplay between theory and practice in old and new democracies and in international state building.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2.1 or above). Applications from mature candidates are welcomed. Candidates whose native language is not English, should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes for students who need to improve their English before starting the course.

Course modules

Democratic politics: key debates and issues; dissertation and research methods; international state building: exporting democracy; option modules: contemporary controversies in international security: intervention terrorism and self defence; controversies in united states foreign policies and processes; democracy and Islam; development theories, policies and practices; European immigration policy in international perspectives; global change, toward a new non-western order; globalisation, democratisation and post-authoritarian transition; governance of the European Union; international relations: beyond international relations; international relations: theoretical perspectives; Islam and politics in the middle east; policy, governance and democracy: international perspectives; politics, public life and the media; postcolonial international relations; theories and concepts; the European Union as an international actor; theories of international security; the state, politics and violence.

Assessment methods

These include projects, presentations and essays.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time day £ 3,250 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time day £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Regent Street Westminster W1B 2UW South East

Key information

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020 7911 5000