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International Politics

MA |
Study International Politics to get behind the headlines as you discover structures and ideas that shape global affairs.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years

Part time students may have additional 3 months to submit dissertation if required.

See more about duration

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,500

Part-time: £5,250 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

The International Politics MA programme is for students who want to explore international politics more widely and then drill down to follow their unique interests and specialise their knowledge. The MA is designed to give you the chance to pursue your own questions about the way the world works – and to shape arguments where you feel it doesn’t.

Objectives

This is a course where you will challenge your own point of view. We probe the ideas that structure the way we think about the world and examine the institutions that determine events. We then focus on how you can use this new understanding to judge global affairs for yourself.

International Politics is an expansive and ever-changing subject so you learn about the broad contours of the field while developing specialisms backed by real-world research. The department’s academics are actively shaping policy, sitting on the advisory board for the Corbyn shadow cabinet, hosting talks on the human right to housing in London, and engaging in study groups around the Obama presidency. This keeps the content of the course effective and current, giving students a contemporary lens from which to view rapid political change.

These are some of the questions the course poses:

  • Is the USA a benevolent global leader or a neo-imperial power?
  • How does the shift in power from the West to the Rest reshape international politics in the 21st century?
  • Can states act effectively in a world increasingly shaped by international institutions and global economic actors?

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

You should have a first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree in politics, the social sciences, law, business studies or humanities.

However, we will also consider applications from students with a degree in any other subject where applicants have gained significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

English requirements

If your first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test)

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

Due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

To apply you will need to submit:

  • An application form (either electronically or by post)
  • Degree transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
  • Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Apply online

The application form and reference form can also be downloaded via the following link:

Return the completed form to:

SASS-Enquiries
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(1)20 7040 0249/3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

4th
in London for international politic in the UK (Guardian University Rankings 2015).
25+
electives across three departments to choose from.
87.5%
of graduates responding to the 2014/15 DHLE were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Bursaries

Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

Scholarships

British Council: Chevening awards. Usually for non-UK/EU students. See the Chevening website for further information and guidance. Deadline November 2016.

Placements

You may have the opportunity to undertake a placement, but it is not a formal requirement of the course. We encourage students to create their own, by fostering connections offered by the Careers Service. There is also the International Politics Careers Day, which explores career opportunities with international politics degrees and includes:

  • Talks by speakers within the field (including alumni now working within the UK Department for International Development, the UK Ministry of Justice), UNESCO and the EU Commission
  • Talks by careers consultants and volunteering coordinators
  • Drop-in sessions with careers professionals focusing on CV writing, applications and volunteering.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

On the International Politics Masters degree, you will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, student presentations and practical workshops. Teaching is supported by a personal tutorial and supervision system and a general lecture series with outside speakers (both professional and academic). You will complete six taught modules, made up of a mixture of compulsory core and elective options. You will also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce your dissertation over the summer period.

Teaching staff

All our academic staff are actively involved in postgraduate teaching. Find out more about them by reading their individual staff profiles.

Assessment

Each taught module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay. There are no examinations. Your final MA marks are derived from a combination of your essay and dissertation grades. You are required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 words in an area linked to the MA degree. Your dissertation topic will be agreed with your personal tutor/supervisor.

Sample Course Materials

If you are new to the subject of International Politics, you might like to look at:

  • Robert Jackson and Georg Sorenson, "Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches" (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Hedley Bull, "The Anarchical Society" (various editions)
  • Nick Bisley, "Rethinking Globalization" (Palgrave, 2007)
  • Joseph Stiglitz, "Globalization and its Discontents" (Penguin, 2002)

Modules

The structure of this MA means you can design your own degree. The core module 'Theories of International Politics' is taught in the first term. Throughout the year you can choose elective modules that suit your interests. You can also opt to study across departments with optional modules from the Department of Sociology and The City Law School.

Core modules

Theories of International Politics (30 credits)

This module provides an advanced introduction to contemporary theories of international politics, which a focus on critical engagement with a diversity of theoretical perspectives. Specifically, you will learn about a number of different theoretical traditions, going beyond the conventional triumvirate of realism, liberalism and constructivism. This modules provides you with cutting-edge knowledge of contemporary international politics.

International Politics Research Workshop

This module will help you to develop a research proposal for your international politics dissertation. You will examine issues related to the 'what' and 'how' of research: what kinds of questions can we ask and how should we pursue our research? You will also explore issues such as how to design a research project and examine the role of case studies, different methods of evidence collection (interviewing, archives, surveys), and the relationship between theory and the practice of research.

International Politics Dissertation

You are required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 words. The dissertation is worth 60 credits (one-third of your overall mark).

You will start work on the project in the second term, with a research workshop, which will help you develop the necessary skills for undertaking independent research. In the summer term, you will work full time on completing the final dissertation, which will be due by the end of September. The dissertation offers you the opportunity to reflect on and communicate knowledge gained through research and allows you to complement your module work by writing on a topic relevant to your specific interests.

Elective modules

Choose five from:

Choose 60 credits from:

Typical modules offered by the Department of International Politics:

  • Understanding Security in the 21st Century (15 credits)
  • International Organisations in Global Politics (15 credits)
  • Development and International Politics (15 credits)
  • Religion in Global Politics (15 credits)
  • Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future (30 credits)
  • Global Political Economy (30 credits)
  • Political Economy of Global Finance (15 credits)
  • The Politics of Forced Displacement and Resettlement (15 credits)
  • Global Governance (15 credits)
  • International Politics of the Middle East (15 credits)
  • Global Financial Governance (15 credits)
  • Strategy, Diplomacy and Decision-making (30 credits)
  • US Foreign Policy (15 credits)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (15 credits)
  • Economic Diplomacy (15 credits)

Typical modules offered by the Sociology Department:

  • Developments in Communication Policy (30 credits)
  • Transnational Media and Communication (30 credits)
  • Criminal Minds (15 credits)
  • Crime News (15 credits)

Typical modules offered by The City Law School:

  • International Human Rights in Law and Practice (30 credits)
  • Human Rights in the EU (30 credits)
  • International Criminal Law: Crimes & Institutions (30 credits)
  • Law and War (30 credits)
  • Minorities and Indigenous People in International Law (30 credits)
  • International Law & the Use of Force (30 credits)

Please note: For modules offered by other Departments spaces are limited.

The above-listed modules may be subject to change before or during the course of your studies. The modules on offer may vary from year-to-year on the International Politics MA course depending on staff availability and student demand.

  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in International Politics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of International Politics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer of International Security working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career prospects

The skills of International Politics graduates are of direct relevance to a wide range of professions:

  • Research
  • Civil service
  • Teaching
  • Media communications
  • Journalism
  • International organisations
  • Non-government organisations
  • International finance and the private sector.

Our Masters programme graduates are highly respected and sought after in the international politics field as well as many others. An international politics degree can prepare you for an active career in a variety of industries and roles; during the year of the postgraduate programme you will develop a range of transferable skills to help you succeed in whatever career path you take.

International Politics Careers Day

During your International Politics MA year you can attend the Department's 'International Politics Careers Day' which explores career opportunities with International Politics degrees and provides:

  • Talks by speakers within the field (including City alumni). Previous speakers have included staff from the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Justice, UNESCO, the EU Commission and the UN Peacebuilding Support  Office (PBSO).
  • Talks by careers consultants and volunteering coordinators
  • CV, applications and volunteering drop-in sessions with careers professionals.

The Careers Day offers invaluable help, support and guidance for those wishing to pursue a career in International Politics.

Read about how careers advice and volunteering helped one of our graduates land her current job.

87.5% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


To apply you will need to submit:

  • An application form (either electronically or by post)
  • Degree transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
  • Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Apply online

The application form and reference form can also be downloaded via the following link:

Return the completed form to:

SASS-Enquiries
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(1)20 7040 0249/3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

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