Learn how to be a thought leader and problem solver in an age of global challenges with our MA International Relations.
1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
Roehampton is ranked sixth in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
As well as learning about diplomatic history and theory, students will develop practical diplomatic skills, such as preparing briefing papers, policy documents and speeches.
Students will benefit from interaction with senior diplomats and the range of diplomatic missions and international organisations.
The MA is delivered by leaders in the field of International Relations - with experience in diplomacy, conflict resolution and governance practice.
Course and Module Details
At a time when global challenges such as the environment, peace and security, health and human rights and sustainable development are subject to increasing debate, our MA International Relations will assist you in understanding both the problems and solutions we face as an international community in both theory and practice.
Where traditional international relations theory tends to emphasise the nation state as its key level of analysis, this programme will encourage students to incorporate a bottom-up approach which emphasises the agency, identity, and resistance of individuals and their lived experience. In doing so, students will be encouraged to view international relations from a decolonial lens.
This programme will balance traditional international relations theory, case studies, and literature alongside a critical approach which explores and deconstructs the complex relationships between power, conflict, identity, and globalisation. Compulsory modules will teach students the historical and theoretical foundations of international relations as well as familiarise students with key research methods for use in their final dissertation. These modules will also provide the link between theory and practice through experiential learning and the application of global case studies. Optional modules will provide students with a suite of interdisciplinary subjects which demonstrates the breadth of challenges relevant to the field of international relations today, using perspectives from criminology, sociology, and human rights. These modules will explore environmental issues, migration and transnationalism, genocide, international crises, and legal and illegal economies.
This programme is led by an interdisciplinary teaching team who are engaged in research grounded by social justice imperatives. This well-rounded programme will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, to ensure that equal weighting is given to theoretical expertise, interactive explorations of the application of theory in practice. Students will benefit from experiential learning using in-class case studies, simulations, and field trips and assessment will be through diverse forms of coursework (e.g. problem-based essays, presentations, podcasts, reflective journals, research proposals).
In the classroom students will benefit from discussion and debate with a multicultural student cohort. Some modules will be shared with other programmes so they will meet a diverse array of students, all part of a postgraduate community. Outside of the classroom, London provides the perfect backdrop to career network, discover employment opportunities, and to be immersed in their learning through field trips. These opportunities will be built into the programme at module level and also through extracurricular activities with the new Centre for Equality, Justice, and Social Change.
Here are some of the modules we are currently offering, but which are subject to change:
Foundations of International Relations (20 credits)
International Relations: History and Methods (20 credits)
Applied International Relations (20 credits)
International Development and Economic Justice (20 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional - students choose two
Emergency! Constructing and Managing Crisis (20 credits)
Cosmopolis: International Relations From Below (20 credits)
Genocide, Atrocities and International Justice (20 credits)
The Political Economy of Crime in the Global South (20 credits)
Migration, Criminal Justice, and Citizenship (20 credits)
Environmental Crime, Justice, and Politics (20 credits)
Advanced Placement (20 credits)
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
A key reason for the balanced approach between the theoretical and practical in this programme is a focus on employability. You will be regularly assessed on practical applications of international relations through presentations, participation in simulations, drafting policy documents, and other diverse forms of experiential learning and coursework.
In addition, extra-curricular activities and opportunity for placement work will provide transferable skills and workplace contacts necessary to compete and succeed in jobs in: charities, policy think tanks, multilateral and intergovernmental organisations such as the UN and UNICEF, international businesses, law firms, banks, local and national government, media companies, as well as non-governmental organisations.
Our dedicated careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews and meet and learn from successful Roehampton graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunity to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out more about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in April or September 2022.
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