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MAInternational Relations

Coventry University United Kingdom, Coventry / London
Tuition fee £11,846.00 per year
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Overview

The International Relations MA degree investigates themes as varied
as the evolution of the discipline, globalisation, international law,
diplomacy, war and peace.

The course has been designed to enable newcomers to engage readily
with the subject, whilst offering those who already have a background
in international relations an opportunity to deepen their exploration
of its scope and complexities.

 The MA International Relations is divided
into four routes:

  • Diplomacy
  • African Governance and Security
  • Oil and Gas Security
  • International Law

There are two further compulsory short topics that ensure that you
develop the skills required for academic study and research at
postgraduate level.

You will also take two other mandatory subjects related to your
chosen route and two other topics from a choice of six options. To
gain the Masters qualification, you must complete an extended
dissertation examining an area of the course that particularly
interests you, based on research undertaken with the support of a
dedicated supervisor.

Diplomacy route

Those choosing this route will have an interest in the nature of the
world in which we live, the problems it confronts and finding
solutions to those problems without resorting to force. World politics
is experiencing rapid and far reaching changes and transnational
challenges, such as those presented by climate change for example,
demand innovative diplomatic solutions.

The route includes the following mandatory topics:

  • Theories in International Relations
  • Diplomacy and the International System
  • International Law in the Contemporary World Arena

In addition you will study two further subjects. Optional topics
typically include:

  • International Relations of Apartheid
  • Law of Diplomatic Relations
  • Governance for Security in the Developing World
  • Post-colonial African Politics
  • Foreign and Security Policy Formulation (Field Trip)
  • Community Action (Work Experience) 

 African Governance and Security route

This route offers the chance to engage with a continent of rising
strategic importance in the international system. This pathway
critically explores the two key challenges facing Africa today:
governance and security. While not shirking Africa’s problems – the
route equally emphasises the opportunities opening on a continent
currently the target of a ‘new scramble’ by investors not only
from America and the former colonial powers, but increasingly from
emerging powers such as China and India.

The subjects offered draw upon the wide-ranging expertise of Coventry
University’s respected African Studies Centre, as well as the
insight and knowledge of visiting senior African practitioners from
the political, security and business sectors. You will have the
opportunity to undertake a study trip to Africa and to compete for
post-award placements and internships.

The route includes the following mandatory topics:

  • Theories in International Relations
  • Governance for Security in the Developing World
  • Post-colonial African Politics 

In addition you will study two further subjects. Optional topics
typically include:

  • International Relations of Apartheid
  • African Governance and Human Development
  • Human Trafficking
  • Diplomacy in the International System
  • Foreign and Security Policy Formulation (Field Trip)
  • Community Action (Work Experience) 

 Oil and Gas Security route

Access to secure sources of energy is a vital requirement for
governments and ensuring that access is a key goal for policy
formulators. How governments secure access to oil and gas using both
the diplomacy of soft power and the coercion of hard power is a core
issue in contemporary international relations.

At the same time, the size and transnational reach of the major
companies involved in oil and gas exploitation poses questions about
the relevance of the state in the current international system. The
route examines the theoretical concerns of IR in the context of the
practical realities of the oil and gas sector in the areas of
geo-political competition, environmental impact and the future of the
industry.

The route includes the following mandatory topics:

  • Theories in International Relations
  • Impacts of Oil in the Developing World
  • The Future of Oil and Gas 

In addition you will study two further subjects. Optional topics
typically include:

  • Governance for Security in the Developing World
  • Post-Colonial African Politics
  • International Terrorism
  • Diplomacy in the International System
  • Foreign and Security Policy Formulation (Field Trip)
  • Community Action (Work Experience)

* International Law route*

This route critically examines the viability, vitality and validity
of international law in regulating the international system,
investigating why states usually concur with the stipulations of
international and scrutinising the role of legal restraint in the
protection of human rights.

With a foundation in IR theory and practice, the route draws on
expertise from the ovemtry Law School to explore the relationship
between IR and International Law, considering in detail the
complexities of finding concrete remedies to transnational threats
such as climate change and human trafficking in a cautious climate
marked by national self-interest.

The route is of particular value to those who want to study law at
postgraduate level but who do not have a first degree in the subject,
as well as those with an interest in the theoretical and practical
aspects of making International Law work in the contemporary
international system.

The route includes the following mandatory topics:

  • Theories in International Relations 
  • Diplomacy and the International System
  • International Law in the Contemporary World Arena 

In addition you will study two further subjects. Optional topics
typically include:

  • Environmental Law
  • Law of Diplomatic Relations
  • Gender and Human Rights
  • Human Trafficking
  • Foreign and Security Policy Formulation (Field Trip)
  • Community Action (Work Experience)

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Career opportunities

*Diplomacy route *

Many of our diplomacy graduates are now members of national
diplomatic services (some have been seconded to us from their home
diplomatic services), international organisations and non-governmental
organisations. However, the route provides many transferable skills
valued by employers in management and administration in both the
public and private sectors.

*African Governance and Security route *

The African Governance and Security route opens career prospects in
the international and domestic spheres – in public administration
within government or in diplomacy, notably working for
inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations with a role to
play in Africa’s political and economic development. Likewise, the
route provides a solid basis for a career in the growing business and
commercial sectors.

*Oil and Gas Security route *

The Oil and Gas Security route provides an explicit and detailed
understanding of a crucial component of the current international
system marrying analysis of the issues and debates within the sector
to the strategies and mechanism employed to address these questions.
The route will equip you for employment in the public and private
sphere, working for national and multi-national energy companies,
energy ministries and intergovernmental and non-governmental
organisations.

*International Law route *

The International Law route opens career opportunities working in
national governments and inter-governmental and non-governmental
organisations specialising in, amongst other areas, criminal justice,
aid and development, environmental protection, gender issues and human
rights. As with the other routes comprising the course, it provides
many transferable skills valued by employers in management and
administration in both the public and private sectors.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2017
Application deadline
Sep 1, 2017 23:59 (GMT)

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States