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MA International Relations (Specialist)

MA International Relations (Specialist)

The Masters in International Relations provides a complementary and innovative package of modules that encompasses cutting edge theoretical and empirical perspectives. This course is available as a Research Training pathway or as a standard Taught Masters.

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 to name some of the more prominent ones.

The Masters in International Relations is available as a taught Masters programme through two pathways, specialist or research training. The specialist pathway is the traditional Master’s degree which offers the opportunity to specialise on a particular area of the discipline. The research training/preparation pathway is 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.

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.

Our admissions team can provide applicants with guidance on the relative merits of each pathway according to their specific needs.


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One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.

Contact Time:

Approximately 12-14 hours a week in the first two semesters.  During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.


Assessment will be through a combination of examinations, project work, short reports, essays and dissertation.  It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Entry Requirements:

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

English Language Requirements:    

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Possible funding opportunities can be found in our funding calculator.

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