This programme presents a broad assessment of contemporary international relations. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, ideological, cultural and ethical issues. The Department promotes a closely-knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give teaching and supervision a high priority while maintaining high-quality, high-volume research. The Department was rated 5A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.
Students are required to take the following core units: 三科必修
l International Security
l International Political Economy
l Theories of International Relations
Students also choose three units from the following options (not all of which are available in any one year): 以下選修三科
l Theories of Securitisation
l Philosophy and Methods in the Social Sciences
l The New Europe after Communism
l Democratisation and International Politics
l Debating Globalisation
l Ethics in International Relations
l Conflict, Security and Development
l IR and Global Governance
l Political Islam and International Relations
l Masculinity / ies and International Relations
l Feminisms and International Relations
l Environmental Politics
l Foreign Policies of Developing States
l International Political Economy of Development in South Asia
l Gender and Development
l Industrialisation and Small Business Development
l Development Skills in Practice
l Managing and Evaluating Development
l International Integration and the European Union
l Issues in Global Political Economy
The MSc programme lasts 50 weeks (1 October-15 September). It comprises six twelve-week taught units, six assessed essays and a 10,000-15,000 word dissertation.
MSc: submission of six assessed essays, of between 2,500 and 3,500 words, one for each of the six taught units taken. Submission of a dissertation with a minimum of 10,000 and not exceeding 15,000 words. There are no unseen written examinations.
Careers Before and After Graduation 生涯機會
The MSc course cater for students with no prior knowledge of the field; those who wish to consolidate their undergraduate training in a relevant area; those thinking of going on to PhD research; and those who have worked in or wish to work in government, international organisations and non-governmental organisations.
Approximately two-thirds of the students each year are from outside the UK. Most come straight from a degree in Politics or a related discipline. Others join us as mature students who may or may not have a degree but who have experience in business, international organisations (IOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or the armed forces. An increasingly common pattern is for people with experience in NGOs, such as the International Crisis Group, or IOs, such as the UN High Commission for Refugees, to take a mid- or early-career sabbatical year to develop a deeper understanding of the context in which they work. Our graduates have gone on to diverse careers in, for example, finance, business, The Times newspaper, the Italian diplomatic service, the Thai Foreign Ministry, the US Department of State, the United Nations, and lobbying in Washington DC, as well as remaining in the Department as research (MPhil, PhD) students.
Entry requirements 入學資格要求
MSc: UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA 3.2 out of 4.0).
Overseas students whose first language is not English are required to have a score of at least 6.5 in the IELTS Academic Test, which is administered by the British Council, or 600 in the (old) TOEFL, or 250 in TOEFL CBT. Applicants who do not satisfy this requirement will be required to take English Language training at the University Language Centre.