International Relations (Research Training) at Aberystwyth University - UCAS

Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

International Relations (Research Training) (Taught)

Course summary

Students of international relations in the 21st century are confronted by a world in flux. Established structures of power and authority are being profoundly reshaped, or even torn down altogether, as new patterns of global relations and new forms of political identity come to prominence. Through this process, the landscape of contemporary global politics is changing rapidly, in pronounced and often unpredictable ways. At the same time, dramatic advances in science and technology, as well as far-reaching developments in economic and social organisation, require new conceptions of what politics is and where it is happening. As the climate emergency most strikingly demonstrates, the challenges that face international relations now are unprecedented. However, profound change also invites a bold reimagining of the nature of our politics, of our relations with one another and of our existence in the world. The MA International Relations course enables you to grasp the complexity of this turbulent moment in world politics and to think through its meanings, both theoretical and practical. Whether your background is in International Relations or a different discipline, the range of modules and academic expertise that our MA programme provides will encourage you to stretch your horizons and explore the many different possibilities for envisioning international politics today. Why study MA International Relations at Aberystwyth University?

  • Opportunity to study at the world’s first university department of International Politics
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Politics (GUG 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Rating for the subject of Politics (GUG 2022)
  • Opportunity to specialise in many different pathways such as security studies, postcolonial politics, theory/critical theory, and intelligence and strategic studies.
  • Opportunity to integrate into the research culture of a department at the forefront of understanding and tackling the challenges of ‘how we might live’ in the 21st century.
  • Opportunity to study in a challenging and highly stimulating intellectual environment and to engage with the most pressing and thought-provoking issues and topics in international politics.
  • 76% of the Department’s publications were deemed either world leading or internationally excellent, making the Department the best in Wales and 7th in the UK - REF 2014
  • The Department has over thirty academic and research staff, all of whom are research-active.
  • The Department hosts a wide variety of academic events which postgraduate students are encouraged to attend, including guest lectures by leading experts and academics, round table discussions about past, present, and future international issues, and the weekly Departmental research seminars.

Assessment method

Assessment will be through a combination of examinations, project work, short reports, essays and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

How to apply

International applicants

Entry requirements

2ii Bachelors (Honours) or equivalent in a relevant subject area. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on the comparability page on our website. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work

English language requirements

Programmes: English Literature and Creative Writing (Masters); Geography and Earth Sciences; International Politics; Law (PhD, MPhil and LLM by Research); Psychology; Theatre, Film and Television Studies IELTS 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each component * English and Creative Writing (Masters) 7.0 in each component TOEFL 100 with minimum component scores: Listening 22, Writing 24, Reading 24, Speaking 25. Pearson PTE: 68 with minimum scores of 65 in each component

English language requirements: Postgraduate Programmes

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International Relations (Research Training) at Aberystwyth University - UCAS