International Relations at Staffordshire University - UCAS

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Course summary

Want to understand major issues affecting the world today? Our MA in International Relations will help you get to grips with what’s unfolding in real time. Find out about the changing global order and the power shifts towards China and other emerging economies. Learn about the role of organisations such as NATO and how the international economy affects what happens in Britain. And explore the threats to human security, such as a shortage of food and water, and how the international community should respond to state killings. You will also look at the way countries co-exist in the face of rapid change and the importance of policy-making and decisions at a global level. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to choose a specialist pathway in intelligence. The MA is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere. You will still get lots of tutor engagement and support, with world-class staff who bring a wealth of experience. You will use digital platforms for a weekly programme of study and will debate key topics with fellow students. It will also involve completing a dissertation on a research area of your choice. Recent dissertation topics have looked at issues focusing on aspects of China, Africa, gender, and cyber security. We attract a diverse range of students, who bring their own unique perspective to the MA. They include members of the armed forces from both the UK and other countries, who often fit their studies round deployment. Diplomats and aid workers have also joined the course in recent years, along with teachers and people from international think-tanks. Whether you’re looking to study for enjoyment, to develop your professional profile in a related field, or to take your research to the next level, this MA is for you. On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA International Relations

Assessment method

During your course you will undertake two different types of assessments, informal assessments (also known as formative) and formal (also known as summative). Your formative assessments are designed to enhance your engagement with the taught content of your modules and to prepare you for your summative assessments. They also provide you with the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress. Your summative assessments contribute towards your final grade and degree classification and will assess you based on the learning outcomes of your modules. Your summative assessments could include a combination of written assignments, contributions to discussion boards, critical reviews, digital poster presentations and dissertations.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree or above, or relevant professional experience. Language level must be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent. However, you’ll be considered if you have a level of fluency to meet the needs of the course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

This award has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition and bursaries are available.

International Relations at Staffordshire University - UCAS