The MA in Global Affairs is a broad based, multi-disciplinary programme unique to Buckingham. The original programme was innovatively designed and founded as a gift to the University of Buckingham by alumnus Charles Henn L.Arts(Hons)(Buckingham), M.Sc.[Econ.] (LSE), LL.M., Ph.D (Cantab.) who was Consultant Professor and who continues in an honorary capacity as the programmes Founding Director. Dr Henn is also a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Beloff Centre for the Study of Liberty.
The programme aims to educate graduates for rapid advancement into senior professional work in foreign and other ministries, international organisations, financial and commercial institutions, trade and industry, international journalism and global civil society organisations. Areas of study include global economies and finance; public international law; international law relating to trade, investment and finance; global governance; global security; human rights; environmental issues; global diplomacy; and global business. Students are trained in the skills that would be required in senior professional work. The courses are taught intensively in lectures, seminars and small group tutorials; they assume little prior knowledge but rapidly bring students to an advanced level of understanding. Buckingham is a small academic community and students have personal and frequent access to their instructors. The programme is also suitable for those without a specific career aim in mind but who wish to acquire an advanced understanding of global affairs.
UK/EU: £7,600; International: £12,600
Assessments for each course will take the form of written tests, innovative papers and occasional oral presentations. Students have the option of submitting one 12,500-word research paper in lieu of a test in specific areas of the programme. Candidates whose total average mark is above 70 are awarded the MA with Distinction; those whose total average mark is between 60 and 69 are awarded the MA with Merit; those whose total average mark is between 50 and 59 are awarded the MA and those whose total average mark is between 40 and 49 are awarded the Diploma.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
The Buckingham MA Global Affairs is open to applicants with an BA or BSc in any subject. Applicants without a BA or BSc but with relevant work experience, will also be considered.
English Language Requirements
IELTS of 6.5 + TOEFL of 233
No work experience is required.
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