MA International Relations with Advanced Research
Why choose Herts?
- Research opportunities: Benefit from advanced research and Placement Year pathway options.
- Industry-focused content: Explore contemporary debates within International Relations whilst studying energy scarcity, ecological changes, and ideas on global justice
- Employment prospects: Our graduates work as policy advisers, communications managers, and researchers for NGOs, government institutions, and large multinational organisations
Entry requirements and key information
- A good second-class honours degree, or equivalent, with the merit of each application being assessed on an individual basis. Contact Dr Benjamin Nutt for more details.
- Short personal statement with background information all about you (no more than 1000 words), explaining why you have interest in international relations.
- A work or academic reference.
- All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other bands.
- Should you not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English may help you achieve the level required.
- More information about English language qualifications are available on our international pages.
School of study
School of Social Science, Humanities and Education
- Full Time, 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
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Our postgraduate international relations graduates currently work in:
- policy analysis and creation roles within government, think tanks or NGOs
- vocation settings, including journalism, human resources or marketing within both the media and private sector
- research within academia, government agencies, or private sector businesses including polling, market research or research and development.
About the course
The MA International Relations (with Advanced Research) course provides students with a contemporary, critical, and exciting insight into the vagaries of global politics. Students will study a range of modules, taught by research active staff who are experts in their fields. The modules are assessed through a variety of both traditional, such as essays, presentations, critical reviews, and non-traditional, such as podcasts, blogs, simulations, assignments, which aim to assess and develop not only discipline-related knowledge but also transferable, soft skills necessary for future employment. Students will also complete a 12,000-word research dissertation on a topic of their choice. Whether it is the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, the energy crisis, or the war in Ukraine, international relations has never been more relevant.
This Advanced Research award provides students with opportunity to further hone and advance their personal research, analysis, and communication skills. Students will complete the extended dissertation project on a topic of their choice. The extended dissertation combines a 12,000-word research project and a 10-minute conference style presentation. This helps prepare students for conducting independent research as well as communicating that research in a professional setting. This degree is aimed at applicants who wish to find employment in careers that require advanced research and communication skills, such as government departments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, marketing, journalism, or those wishing to proceed to postgraduate research.
- MA Journalism & Media and Communications - one year
- MA Journalism and Media Communications (with Advanced Research) - two year
- MA Journalism and Media Communications with Placement Year - two year
- MA Journalism and Media Communications (Sandwich) - Semester B
Why choose this course?
- Innovative curriculum: Modules are varied with contemporary relevance to current developments in international relations. These modules provide students with a critical insight into the realities and workings of the international political system.
- Geographic location: The University of Hertfordshire campus is situated within a 20-minute train ride to and from London. London is a global hub for political activity, our excellent location allows students to benefit from opportunities provided in the capital.
- Flexibility and skills: The range of study routes and entry points available allow students to develop core transferable skills and to tailor studies to meet individual needs and career aspirations.
- Research-led teaching: Students benefit from extensive in-class contact with expert research-active staff.
- Diverse cohort: Learn alongside an internationally diverse group of students in a department with extensive experience teaching both home and international students.
Is this course for me?
This course would appeal to:
- graduates who have completed their BA degree in politics and/or international relations and would like to extend and deepen their subject-knowledge
- graduates from related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, such as history, philosophy or sociology, keen to focus or specialise in international politics
- graduates seeking a flexible MA degree to balance with work and family commitments
- UK and international graduates looking to combine MA studies with advanced professional and research training
- graduates seeking MA studies in a closely-knit, supportive research community and those to education as mature students
- working or retired professionals looking to expand theoretical and empirical knowledge of the global political system.
What will I study?
Our award-winning lecturers are delivered by research-active staff who will introduce and explain topical matters across the discipline of international relations. You will:
- participate in interactive stimulating lectures and seminars and take ownership of your own learning within a supportive and managed environment
- engage in simulation activities which replicate the international relations environment and experiences
- benefit from regular detailed and personal supervision sessions to support your independent research
- gain experience in presenting your research at a student conference where you will provide answers to unprepared questions
- have external speakers and industry visits allowing you to gain a wider understanding of where your degree fits into the broader framework of international politics
- attain insights through research study sessions looking into how theories, methods and methodologies operate in a real research environment.
|Advanced Political Research Methods||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Debates and Dilemmas in International Relations||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Extended International Relations Dissertation||60 Credits||Compulsory|
|Governing the International, the Global, and the Planetary||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Designing Research in Global Politics||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|International Relations in Practice||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Conflict, Peace and Security||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Energy and Environmental Politics||15 Credits||Optional|
|International Political Economy: Contemporary Dynamics and Approaches||15 Credits||Optional|
|Justice in International Relations||15 Credits||Optional|
|Geopolitics: Development and Diplomacy||15 Credits||Optional|
|Conspiracy and Truth in International Politics||15 Credits||Optional|
Dr Benjamin Nutt
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Further course information
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