International Relations, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
This programme will shape your understanding of global politics in the contemporary world by introducing you to a wide range of theories, approaches and stimulating debates surrounding international politics and relations. This International Relations programme is offered by the University of Leeds.

About

You will analyse topics central to the functioning of the international system and explore contemporary and historical approaches, focusing on country-specific, regional and international processes. Our emphasis on international studies invites an interdisciplinary approach and reflects the broadening nature of the subject beyond the confines of inter-state relationships.

This International Relations programme is offered by the University of Leeds.

You will have the opportunity to develop expertise in a specialist area of interest to you, whilst working with leaders in the field of international relations. As well as enhancing your knowledge in international relations and the complex and contradictory forces that shape the global agenda, this programme will equip you with excellent research skills, and develop your knowledge of relevant methodologies and approaches.

Research expertise

Our department is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK with academics who are widely recognised as leading experts in their field. You will therefore benefit from a very broad range of expertise in terms of substantive issues and regional specialisms that you are unlikely to encounter anywhere else.

Colleagues working in the International Relations and Security Research Groupparticipate in research clusters on ‘The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute’ and ‘Contemporary Democracy and Authoritarianism’ as well as the Middle East Research Group.

Experience opportunities

All students on all our degree schemes, including international students, have access to hundreds of volunteering opportunities through the Leeds for Lifescheme. In addition, our dedicated careers team and in-School employability champions can work with you to attain work experience opportunities during and after your course.

Career opportunities

This programme provides you with an ideal preparation for a career in the international political arena.

Many of our students go on to have high-profile careers in politics, the Civil Service, the media, non-governmental organisations and international organisations such as the UN and World Bank, as well as roles in the private sector. Others have continued to pursue their research interests at PhD level.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  • Theoretical Approaches in International Relations
  • POLIS MA Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
  • European Defence and Security Analysis
  • The Rise of China
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
  • Policing Post-Conflict Cities
  • International Relations and the Environment
  • Civil War and Intrastate Conflict
  • Global Justice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related discipline or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee

Funding

There are up to six partial fee scholarships (£4,000) available to international fee paying students, which can be used on any full-time Masters course offered by the School of Politics and International Studies, starting in September.

For more information, please check the programme website.

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