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Course summary

Globalisation and recent wars dramatise the enduring importance of world affairs to government, economics and people’s lives. If you are interested in a career focusing on global politics, this programme is for you. It is aimed at degree-holders with an interest in the theory and practice of world politics. The degree aims to impart a broad and balanced knowledge of international relations theory at an advanced level. It provides core training in political analysis and methodology of the social sciences. It examines contemporary global problems and rival approaches to their solution and offers specialisation in particular areas such as foreign policy analysis, global society, regional integration, global environmental politics, and strategic and security studies. This MA prepares graduates for careers in media, academia, non-governmental organisations, international business, research think-tanks and government foreign service.


All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time. International Relations: Theory and Practice This module examines international relations theory and practice. It ranges from the discipline's foundation – and the so-called ‘classical’ ‘first’ and ‘second’ debate theories of idealism, realism, institutionalism and the English school – to the approaches that form what's become known as the ‘third debate’. Power and the State in International Politics This module explores the changing role of the state and the nature of power and ethics in the international system. You'll select three thematic blocks (from a choice of nine), which reflect current global problems and academic expertise. Challenges in International Politics This module addresses some of the challenges for effective, democratic and ethical global governance. It engages with the issues for states and other international agents of global political change and interdependence. Approaches to Research Extend your understanding of a range of research techniques and skills for the study of politics. This module provides everything you'll need for conducting research in your area of interest – from conducting interviews and focus groups to analysing statistical data and texts. 15,000-word Dissertation Which subject fascinates you? The 15,000-word dissertation lets you research that topic in depth under the guidance of a supervisor.

Assessment method

Our International Politics programme is made up of core and optional modules and a 15,000-word dissertation. You will learn up-to-date approaches to international relations studies and more general skills in writing, research, public speaking and logical analysis through interactive seminars guided by experts in the subject.

How to apply

International applicants

If you require a Student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes. Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for graduates from any discipline with a strong interest in International Politics. However, we do recommend that you have a basic knowledge and understanding of this area. You should have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree (or international equivalent) and a good level of English Language. In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.

English language requirements

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill.

English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9400 Whole course
England £9400 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9400 Whole course
Scotland £9400 Whole course
Wales £9400 Whole course
Channel Islands £9400 Whole course
EU £10000 Whole course
International £10000 Whole course

Additional fee information

All fees are subject to change.

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International Politics at University of Hull - UCAS