Masters | Postgraduate Course - International Relations - Full-time MA Course Details within University of Bath

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Course Fees
2019/20 Fees Home/EU £9,500 Overseas £18,500
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International Relations - Full-time MA

Study Details

MA 1 year Full time

Deepen your knowledge of international relations and gain the skills to unpack and detect the causes and consequences of the world’s biggest challenges.

Current world developments - such as security threats, changes of leadership, the emergence of new powers and the evolving nature of the EU - present fresh challenges to governments, regions and the international system as a whole.

Module details

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • International relations theories
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Scopes and methods of politics and international relations
  • Plus two optional units

Semester 2

  • International organisations in world politics
  • Plus four optional units


  • MA in International Relations dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Comparative European politics
  • Societal modernisation and the transformation of democracy
  • International terrorism
  • International security: theories and concepts
  • Memory culture - memory politics
  • Governance, security and development in East and South East Asia
  • Russian politics in comparative perspective
  • The cultures of globalisation

Semester 2

  • Organised crime in Europe: threats and challenges
  • International security: the contemporary agenda
  • Britain and Europe
  • International relations of South and Central Asia
  • Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime
  • Theories of conflict and conflict resolution
  • The politics of risk

Entry Requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

Student Destinations

Studying this course provides an excellent grounding for working in international organisations, multinational corporations, public bodies and think tanks.

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of organisations, including:

- Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Advisor, DNB
- San Diego Justice Corps
- Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Ambassador’s Office, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Washington DC

Particularly outstanding candidates may also go on to doctoral research.