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Politics master's students at the School of Social Sciences
MA International Relations (Standard)
Gain the skills needed for a variety of careers in international politics.

MA International Relations (Standard)

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts
Duration
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) are advised to apply by 1 June.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • We DO NOT require references, but please indicate the names of two referees on your form and we will request them if necessary.
  • Writing sample NOT required.
  • Personal statement NOT required.
  • This course is very popular and therefore we advise that you apply early to avoid disappointment

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y Y N N

Course overview

  • You are interested in developing a deeper knowledge and understanding of critically-orientated international relations
  • You want to conduct research into pressing global issues such as foreign policy, gender, global ethics, environmental politics and terrorism
  • You are looking to develop the specialist skills necessary for a range of policy-focused political careers

Course Director: Dr Jess Gifkins, email; jess.gifkins@manchester.ac.uk

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,750
    International students (per annum): £9,250

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
Telephone
0161 275 1296
Email
Website
http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/politics/
Academic department overview

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

English language

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0

TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) are advised to apply by 1 June.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • We DO NOT require references, but please indicate the names of two referees on your form and we will request them if necessary.
  • Writing sample NOT required.
  • Personal statement NOT required.
  • This course is very popular and therefore we advise that you apply early to avoid disappointment

How your application is considered

Applications are initially assessed by the Admissions Team and referred to the Admissions Tutor when required.

Course details

Course description

International Relations (IR) is one of the most popular programmes at postgraduate level On this programme you will be taught and supervised by experienced staff with strong interests in critical approaches to the study of global politics. Course units on offer cover a wide range of global issues - from authority; citizenship; foreign policy (both China and US); gender, war and peace; global ethics; human rights; media; environmental politics; security studies; and terrorism.  

Two modules form the centrepiece of our programme: the Graduate Seminar in International Politics and Critical Thinkers in International Politics. These modules are designed to develop transferable skills in critical inquiry, creative thinking, research design and problem-solving.  Students on the programme will also complete a major research dissertation of their own, with the guidance of a member of staff in International Politics.

A part of a postgraduate community, students on the programme are encouraged to participate in the Critical Global Politics research cluster, who organise a seminar series attracting high profile speakers including Cynthia Enloe, Cynthia Weber, Nick Vaughan-Williams, Marysia Zalewski and Laura Shepherd, amongst others. 

This route will suit those wishing to obtain a high-level specialist subject qualification and the programme will appeal to students interested in developing a deeper knowledge and understanding of critically-orientated international relations. The diversity of the programme also makes it a suitable introduction to the study of global politics.  Those wishing to pursue a research training qualification or a PhD are advised to explore the International Relations (Research) route.

This programme is designed for students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to careers in fields related to government and non-governmental organisations. Former graduates have gone on to work for international organisations including NATO and the UNDP, or for foreign offices. The MA would also be suitable for students wishing to go into teaching, journalism or any career where advanced knowledge of international politics coupled with an excellent capacity to communicate effectively will be an advantage.

Course Director: Dr Laura McLeod

Email: laura.mcleod@manchester.ac.uk

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit details

Compulsory

POLI70401 Graduate seminar in International Relation Theory

POLI70412 Critical Thinkers in International Politics

POLI60312 Dissertation Research Design

Optional

POLI70451 Ethics in World Politics

POLI70461 Security Studies

POLI71061 Foreign Policy Analysis

POLI70311 Critical Approaches to IPE

POLI70851 EU as an International Actor 

POLI70981 The Arab Uprisings and Revolutionary State Formation

POLI71111 The United Nations and International Security

POLI60092 Power and Resistance in Postcolonial Societies

POLI60262 Media, War and Conflict

POLI70282 Critical Globalisation Studies

POLI70612 Debating Justice 

POLI70722 Theories of Rights

POLI70492 Human Rights in World Politics

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
The Graduate Seminar in International Relations Theory POLI70401 15 Mandatory
Critical Thinkers in International Politics POLI70412 15 Mandatory
Power and Resistance in Postcolonial Societies POLI60092 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
Critical Globalisation Studies POLI70282 15 Optional
Critical Approaches to International Political Economy POLI70311 15 Optional
Ethics in World Politics POLI70451 15 Optional
Security Studies POLI70461 15 Optional
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70612 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
EU as an International Actor POLI70851 15 Optional
Critical Environmental Politics POLI70921 15 Optional
The Arab Uprisings and Revolutionary State Formation POLI70981 15 Optional
Foreign Policy Analysis: The Case of China POLI71061 15 Optional
The United Nations and International Security POLI71112 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units

Facilities

The School of Social Sciences is in a purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access.

There are dedicated areas in the atrium with computer terminals.

Disability support