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International Politics  MA


At the heart of contemporary international politics are new challenges to enduring problems. Increasing concerns such as poverty, terrorism, conflict, human rights, economic development, displacement, and the global environment, make the study of international politics a unique and exciting challenge.

City's International Politics MA course provides you with an opportunity to examine and critically evaluate issues of the contemporary world. It focuses on the study of global policy-making using theoretical and practical approaches, with core and elective modules covering the following areas/fields:
- Development and inequality
- Security
- Foreign policy
- Diplomacy
- Religion
- The environment
- Economic and financial crises
- Migration and cultural identity
- Human rights.

These modules on the International Politics MA course also allow you to analyse a range of factors involved in global policy-making, from governments to international institutions, civil society, social movements and private factors.

An International Politics Masters for the leaders of tomorrow
The skills, knowledge and expertise you will develop during your time studying the International Politics MA can open up a wide variety of career opportunities for you.

Whether you are looking to go work at an NGO supporting the third world or work closer to home as part of the civil service or media, you will develop enviable skills on the International Politics programme allowing you to work in a number of industries.

Frequently asked questions

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £5,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

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.

Other Suitable Qualifications

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:

Please note that 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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016

Full-time - one year
Part-time - two years (with an additional three months to submit the dissertation)

Full-time students will normally attend for two or three days a week for both the first and second academic terms. You will take three modules per term, plus a dissertation starting in the summer term/period. You must also attend the preparatory workshops that are offered by the Department as part of the MA dissertation - a compulsory and very important part of the MA course.

Part-time students
will normally attend for one or two days each week for two years. You will take three modules in each of your two years, plus a dissertation starting in the summer of your second year (with submission in December of that year).

In the first year you must take the core module 'Theories of International Politics'. In your second year you must attend the preparatory workshops that are offered by the Department as part of the MA dissertation - a compulsory and very important part of the MA course.

Course Content

The modules listed below provide you with the opportunity to examine and critically evaluate issues of the contemporary world.

Course Structure

During the International Politics MA course, you take six taught modules and also complete an MA dissertation. The modules cover all areas of international policy, relations and diplomacy. As you elect which modules you want to study you can shape the programme towards your future job and career aspirations.

Core modules

Elective modules

Choose five from:

International Politics modules

Sociology modules

Journalism modules

Food Policy modules

Please note: For modules offered by other Departments (Sociology, Journalism, Food Policy), 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.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment


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.


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.

Teaching staff

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

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

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)


  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £5,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

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.


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.

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

MA International Politics

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.

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

Download a PDF version of the application form (pdf)

Download a PDF version of the reference form (pdf)

Return the completed form to:

Amber Jones
City University London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
T: +44(0)20 7040 4567