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Course summary

Overview If you're passionate about studying global conflict and co-operation at postgraduate level, but you can't commit to attending university every week, this MA International Relations and Politics offers a convenient way to study a Master's. Through intensive blocks of study, you'll graduate with the skills and knowledge for creative roles in security, development, social policy, governance, advocacy and communications, in local to global institutions. Course highlights:

  • Fit each module into a week's intensive study, with a few weeks' rest between to focus on your life and career commitments
  • Explore the contours of contemporary insecurity, examine the key drivers of political and public policy decision making across the globe, and apply key analytical concepts to local and international political developments
  • Devise, research and deliver a major academic project
  • Challenge conventional explanations and participate in key debates about international conflict, global politics and public policy.
  • Develop advanced analytic skills, and how to communicate your analysis in engaging reports, policy briefs and essays.
  • Study with internationally-recognised academics, including members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of a Transnational Europe
Careers and opportunities You'll build your opportunities for promotion and career development with this degree, shaping yourself into an active and informed global citizen. You'll develop the skills and knowledge to help you progress in – or enter – a career that values your awareness of ethical and effective action on the world stage. Previous graduates from our International Relations and Politics courses have gone on to work in parliaments, political parties, third sector and civil society organisations. Work experience and career planning If you're not already in employment, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career. You could also continue your studies in postgraduate research, leading to a qualification such as a PhD.

Modules

On this course, you'll study these modules:

  • Exploring International Relations (delivered on campus)
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations (delivered on campus)
  • Defence and Deterrence (delivered on campus)
  • Researching International Relations (studied online)
  • Comparative Public Policy and Administration (delivered on campus)
  • Dissertation (supervised online)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge through informal assessments, seminars and peer review sessions before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. You'll be assessed through: academic essays briefing papers and reports dissertation There are no exams on this course.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in Politics, International Relations, Peace Studies, Sociology or History, or a 2:1 honours degree in another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
PTE Academic61An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)9191 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9900 Year 1
England £9900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9900 Year 1
Scotland £9900 Year 1
Wales £9900 Year 1
Channel Islands £9900 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9900 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees
International Relations and Politics at University of Portsmouth - UCAS