University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc International Relations

Address:

Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc International Relations

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme gives a broad assessment of contemporary international relations. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, ideological, cultural and ethical issues.

The programme promotes a close-knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give a high priority to teaching and supervision while maintaining high-quality, high-volume research.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • International Political Economy
  • International Security
  • Theories of International Relations

Optional units

You will choose three optional units from a selection offered by the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS). Below is an example of topics that may be offered. Options vary each year but may include:

  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Managing and Evaluating Development
  • Development Skills in Practice
  • Environmental Politics
  • Masculinities and IR
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Military and militarisation
  • Discourse Analysis
  • US Security Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • Sino-US relations in global politics
  • Politics of Genocide
  • Japan and East Asia
  • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
  • China's International Relations
  • European Security
  • The Politics of Insecurity
  • Nuclear insecurity
  • Theories of Violence
  • Understanding Popular Culture in/and World Politics

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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