The International Studies (International Relations) course is one of a suite of International Studies programmes at Oxford Brookes University. It covers the central foundations of the contemporary discipline of international relations which has grown beyond the traditional concern with inter-state relations. In addition to the core provision, it provides a range of specialist modules that allow you to focus on particular areas of interest. The course also aims to provide a sound grounding in research methods in the social sciences. Research is fundamental to the International Studies programme and you will be taught by a team of research-active scholars who are all specialists and publish in their areas of expertise. We include aspects of our research in all our courses, teach specialist modules in our areas of expertise and supervise dissertations in our specialist subjects. Diverse teaching methods are employed throughout the different pathways, including lectures, tutor/group-led seminars, analysis of case studies, group-work presentations, individual presentations, and individual and small group tutorials. Assessment is conducted through a variety of assignments linked to the expected learning outcomes. Assignments will include essays, presentations, projects, reports and the dissertation. These will be spread over the year to provide constant feedback and assessment. One of the core modules is also partially assessed by a written exam. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the panel judged 75% of research activity in Politics and International Studies to be of international quality. The course is taught by active researchers drawn from the Department of Social Sciences.
MA/PG Dip/PG Cert accredited by Oxford Brookes University
International Student Requirements:
English language requirements
If English is not your main language then you will also need to show that your English is at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.
You will usually need:
IELTS 6.0-7.0 (normally with 6.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and speaking);
TOEFL ibt 78-95 overall (with 20 in reading, 19 in writing, 18 in listening and 21 in speaking).