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MAInternational Relations (Research Training)

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
Tuition fee £15,000 per year
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The Masters in International Relations provides a complementary and innovative package of modules that encompasses cutting edge theoretical and empirical perspectives. Our degree engages with the emerging issues of international politics that are being directly thrust into our everyday lives, creating the need for a more systematic and informed engagement. This degree aims to investigate such emerging issues, in particular the changing nature of violence, war, security and development and its effects on international society, the transformation of political communities and the contemporary international system. The scheme will introduce you to the core theories and concepts that shape the practices of international politics through an in-depth engagement with key debates in the discipline of International Relations in light of various case studies. In so doing, it provides you with an introduction to the advanced study of international relations from a distinctly normative and critical angle, for which Aberystwyth has an international reputation. It will include topics such as anarchy, sovereignty, power, peace, war, harm, justice, ethics, realism, the global distribution of wealth and resources and trust in world politics.

The Department is renowned for its pioneering research and is recognised as number one in the UK for the study of international politics. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of International Politics was placed best in Wales with 69% of publications submitted rated as world leading.

The Masters in International Relations (Research Training) is a pathway designed to emphasise social science or humanities research training as well as specialist provision, and is likely to be of most interest to students who have already studied extensively in that particular subject area and who are planning to undertake a PhD following the completion of their Master’s course. Students following this pathway take the Departmental core module (compulsory), a suite of research training modules (compulsory) and select a smaller number of modules from a bespoke basket of degree scheme related options and other choices offered by the Department/other academic departments. Like the Specialist degree scheme, this pathway culminates in a dissertation.

Career opportunities

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained international relations specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as anarchy, sovereignty, power, peace, war, justice, ethics, realism, the global distribution of wealth and resources and trust in world politics. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. On the research training pathway you also develop advanced skills in quantitative and qualitative research skills and data analysis. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Relations wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States