- 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 PGCert 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 International Relations at Queen Mary University of London?
The School of Politics and International Relations is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellent and innovative teaching and research amongst its faculty, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking among our students. We are placed 14th in the country for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs (the best published research), meaning that you will be personally taught by academics who are leaders in their field. The diversity of our staff and students, and the local area, mean that QMUL 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.
- There is also the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre at Queen Mary University of London. Drawing on its unique location within a Russell Group University situated in London’s East End, it brings together policymakers, academics and diverse local communities to address the major political challenges in the UK. They hold a number of exciting and engaging events throughout the year, that are open to students.
The PGCert in International Relations is currently available for full time study over one semester, beginning in September.
Students must undertake two compulsory modules:
- Contemporary World Politics, Theories, Concepts, Themes and
- International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context
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A minimum of an upper-second class honours or equivalent in a related degree. IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in the writing component) for students requiring a language qualification.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at QMUL. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements website.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office or email email@example.com
Learning and teaching
Both modules will be delivered at the ULIP campus by Queen Mary faculty staff in the form of lectures and seminars. Module convenors also hold weekly drop in hours. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.
For every hour spent in formal study you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you 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 to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Assessment is by coursework only and this is usually in the form of research essays. The course convener offers guidance and support on research and writing of assessments.
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.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Please note: If you are studying over 50% of your UK Masters outside of the UK, i.e. Paris or Piraeus, then you will not be eligible for a loan from the Student Loan Company.