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MAInternational Relations

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International relations at Sheffield goes beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline.

We’re not here to simply describe world politics. We want to get right to the heart of it, to understand it and explain it. For that you need a comprehensive grounding in all the key theories and methods of analysis.

The MA draws on all our academic strengths and you’ll look at key debates in international relations, reflecting on issues of critical importance in today’s world.

Your study will give you in-depth knowledge of contemporary international relations theory, along with a practical knowledge of regional problems and challenges to global stability.

We offer extensive training in research methods. For your dissertation, you’ll research and develop a hypothesis of your own. The experience will equip you with valuable transferable skills.

Programme structure

Core modules

Theory and Practice of International Relations
Dissertation in International Relations

Plus one of the following modules:
The Politics of International Law
Contemporary Global Security
Global Governance
Global Justice
Research Methods in Politics
Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research

Optional modules

Choose three from a range including:
The Political Economy of Globalisation
The Politics of International Law
Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
The Politics of Global Migration
Contemporary Global Security


All taught modules (except the dissertation) are taught in seminars.


You’ll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MA you must earn a total of 180 credits. All core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you’ll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don’t complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.

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