M.A. International Relations

Brunel University

Application deadline: As early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,250 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 14,250 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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Description

The ability to analyse the complex issues and dilemmas presented by international relations is increasingly important both for understanding many of the forces and events that shape our lives and in a wide range of careers.

As an academic subject, this field has expanded beyond its original concern with relations between states and the study of war and international organisation to cover topics such as globalisation, security, international theory, human rights, the politics of the natural environment and the politics of specific geographical regions.

Aims

The Brunel MA in International Relations aims to develop students' knowledge of this evolving discipline and to provide students with the opportunity to study topics across its key sub-fields.

Assessment

Successful completion of the course requires students to pass six 20-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation on an appropriate topic. A Master’s degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. The pass grade for all modules and the dissertation is C.

Contents

Full-time

  • Dissertation
  • The Evolution of International Relations

Plus one module about Theory and Issues from:

  • Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law
  • Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Political Thought
  • Enlightenment and Revolution
  • Capitalism and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • Revolution and Counter Revolution in 20th Century Political Thought
  • East-West Encounters across Time
  • China and the World
  • Globalisation
  • Influencing Public Policy : UK Governance in Transnational World
  • Imperialism and Culture

Plus one module about Regions and Space from:

  • Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law
  • Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Political Thought
  • Enlightenment and Revolution
  • Capitalism and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • Revolution and Counter Revolution in 20th Century Political Thought
  • East-West Encounters across Time
  • China and the World
  • Globalisation
  • Public Policy and the Challenges of Cultural Diversity
  • The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001
  • Imperialism and Culture

Plus one module about Security from:

  • Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law
  • Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Political Thought
  • Enlightenment and Revolution
  • Capitalism and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • Revolution and Counter Revolution in 20th Century Political Thought
  • War in Politics: Democracy, War and Intervention
  • War in History: 1789 to Present
  • Intelligence Concepts: Issues and Institutions
  • Intelligence History: Failure and Success
  • The Second World War

Part-time

Year 1

  • The Evolution of International Relations

Year 2

  • Dissertation

Pool A - Theory and Issues:*

  • Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law
  • Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Political Thought
  • Enlightenment and Revolution
  • Capitalism and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • Revolution and Counter Revolution in 20th Century Political Thought
  • East-West Encounters across Time
  • China and the World
  • Globalisation
  • Influencing Public Policy : UK Governance in Transnational World
  • Imperialism and Culture

Pool B - Regions and Space:*

  • Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law
  • Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Political Thought
  • Enlightenment and Revolution
  • Capitalism and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • Revolution and Counter Revolution in 20th Century Political Thought
  • East-West Encounters across Time
  • China and the World
  • Globalisation
  • Public Policy and the Challenges of Cultural Diversity
  • The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001
  • Imperialism and Culture

Pool C - Security:*

  • Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law
  • Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Political Thought
  • Enlightenment and Revolution
  • Capitalism and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • Revolution and Counter Revolution in 20th Century Political Thought
  • War in Politics: Democracy, War and Intervention
  • War in History: 1789 to Present
  • Intelligence Concepts: Issues and Institutions
  • Intelligence History: Failure and Success
  • The Second World War

* Students must take one module from each pool, a total of three modules. One of these modules is studied in Year 1, and the remaining two modules are studied in Year 2.

Requirements

A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social science or related discipline. Applicants with a 2.1 in a non-related discipline in which essays are not a core mode of assessment (e.g. maths, natural sciences) will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a 2.1 Honours degree or or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a non related discipline but that have some relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis Applicants who hold a UK (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social science or related discipline with some relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4.5) PBT
  • TOEFL Internet test: 92 IBT (R20, L20, S20, W20)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Funding

The Brunel International Scholarships

The Brunel International Scholarship Programme is an annual award run by the Brunel International office that is open to all international students. Its goal is to provide financial support to exceptional students. Scholarship holders will go on to represent Brunel as ambassadors throughout their time at the University. The deadline for applying for the 2014/15 programme is 25 May 2014 and all applicants will be notified of the panel's decision by the middle of July.

For 2014/15, thanks to the generosity of Brunel’s alumni and supporters, we are pleased to be able to offer 37 awards, which will comprise a15% discountonthe cost of tuition fees. These awards are open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research students who are classed as overseas for fee purposes.

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