Masters | Postgraduate Course - International Relations MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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2018/19 UK/EU: £8,500 full-time; £4,250 part-time International: £17,500 full-time
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International Relations MA

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MA Full time 1 year Part time 2 years

The MA International Relations equips you with the theoretical and empirical research tools to understand the forces that shape global politics. A postgraduate degree in International Relations is a pathway to a range of careers from NGOs to international organisations such as the UN or think tanks. Our teaching methods are innovative and working with a group of world-leading researchers will ensure your degree is cutting edge and highly sought after.

Flexibility to follow your interests with a world-leading cluster of researchers

To understand something as complex as the contemporary world order, theory is invaluable. This foundation will be a benchmark and guide to investigating the complex security and public policy issues of the 21st century. These include:

  • Terrorism
  • Global resistance movements
  • The politics of the Middle East
  • US foreign policy
  • Rising powers
  • Global ethics and human rights
  • International law and governance
  • International political theory

There is considerable scope to study specific topics of interest to you alongside world-leading researchers in their field. Your learning will be led by staff associated with the Centre for Advanced International Studies, who have contributed to contemporary public debates through newspaper articles, television appearances and through social media.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • POLM876 Dissertation Skills 15
  • POLM877 Dissertation  45

Optional modules

PGT International Relations Modules 2017-8 

  • POLM060 Global Security 30
  • POLM105 The Politics of Global Capitalism 30
  • POLM087 International Political Theory 30
  • POLM104 US Foreign Policy  30
  • POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30
  • POLM144 The West, Civilizations and World Order 30
  • POLM090 East Asian Regional Order 30
  • POLM502 International Relations: Power and Institutions 30

Entry Requirements

Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university.


Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

While this is a challenging theory-based degree, which attracts high quality students hoping to go on to PhD study, the MA International Relations is also relevant to a wide range of careers.

Many of our students are working professionals in governments around in the world, NGOs and aid agencies and choose to take the MA International Relations to provide them with a broader perspective and develop their careers.