- How is the global financial crisis affecting international politics?
- Do foreign military interventions in civil wars help or hinder peace-making?
- Why are economic resources so unevenly spread across the world, and what are the prospects for global justice?
If you are interested in these questions, and want to know more, then the MA in International Relations is the programme for you. Staff in the School have internationally recognised research strengths in the politics of the developing world, globalisation and development, conflict and war, and critical theory, as well as regional expertise in South America, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Will provide you with a set of cutting-edge analytical skills and knowledge that will allow you to think talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as providing a firm foundation for further study
- Is concerned with analysing the key theoretical and empirical issues in international relations
- Will discuss the historical significance of globalisation and how it relates to a number of key issues in international relations, including state sovereignty and international order, conflict and war, human rights and the political economy of North-South relations
- Will undertake a critical survey of the main theories and concepts associated with the study of international politics.
Why study your MA in International Relations at Queen Mary?
The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary was rated amongst the top 20 Politics departments in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise meaning that you will learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields and contributing to our understanding of the subject. The diversity of our staff and students, and the local area, mean that Queen Mary is a great place to study International Relations.
The school has particular strengths in international security, conflict and war, the political economy of North-South relations, international political theory, Middle East politics, and the transition from the Cold War to the contemporary post-Cold War world. This programme is led by research active staff, who are responding to the very latest global events, so content is very timely.
- Cutting-edge critical programme – theory included, with a real focus on developing students’ critical thinking and analytical skills.
- A focus on the traditional geographic areas of international relations as well as emerging areas of interest in the developing world.
- The programme is very flexible, so you can choose from a large number of modules, depending on your interests.
Our MA in International Relations programme is offered on a part time basis via online learning
Students must undertake four taught modules as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.
- Theories of International Relations
- Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy
- Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development
- International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
To be eligible for the International Relations programme, you should have:
- A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree in politics or a related discipline.*
- IELTS 7.0 (including 6.5 in the writing component), if your first language is not English.
* We may consider graduates with a minimum of an upper second class-honours degree in another subject with either additional relevant qualifications or work experience.
If you would like to apply but are unsure whether you are qualified, please contact our online course advisers.
At Queen Mary, we are proud of our global community and have a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the years, many thousands of our international graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers.
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. While you may not need to provide an official English language qualification, you need to provide evidence of sufficient English language ability in line with the IELTS requirements above. Please check the guideline for English language requirements for further information on the English language levels required.
If you have not achieved the required English language level yet, you may be eligible to take a Pre-sessional English course, or continue to take English language tests in your country to reach the level needed.
For any questions about the English language requirements or about entry qualifications specific to your country, contact our course advisers who will be happy to help.
Learning and teaching
How you are assessed
As a student at Queen Mary we ask you to play an active role in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. We use a mixture of online tutorials, discussion forums and group webinars designed to generate informed discussion around set topics.
Assessment for the International Relations programme is by coursework only. The module leaders will set assessments appropriate to the content of their module which will usually take the form of a research essay or critical evaluation. They will also be available to advise and support you throughout the course.
The final dissertation (MA only) will involve more in-depth study and independent research on a topic agreed with your supervisor. Past topics of dissertations included:
- The global financial crisis: a failure of governments or markets?
- Is the UN fit to prevent genocide?
- Is China a good trade partner for Latin America?
- From Actions to Policy: A Theoretical Shift in U.S. Counterinsurgency Security Operations during the War on Terror in Iraq
- Is China Challenging US Economic Hegemony?
- Tackling cultures of immunity: how can the United Nations effectively address the practice of sexual abuse and exploitation by military peacekeeping forces?
- Militarizing Egypt’s Policy making arena: The Army between Socialism and Neoliberalism
- Postcolonial President? Barack Obama and Humanitarian Intervention
- Globalisation, Inequality and Underdevelopment: The Myth of Economic Convergence
At Queen Mary we take your studies seriously and in return, we hope you will do the same. Each week you will need to invest additional time on individual study. This could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and undertaking research for you dissertation.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. We expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study helps foster the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help you throughout your working life.
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.
This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
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