International Relations and Development Studies (MA)
The MA International Relations and Development Studies degree offers cutting-edge insights and skills on the linkages between international relations and development. As this is a cross-disciplinary course, run jointly by the School of International Development and the School of Political, Social and International Studies, students on this course benefit from the opportunity to take modules in two renowned social-science schools.
The topics dealt with in this course are crucial for understanding a large range of issues pertaining to the development of the state, democracy, and the relationship between the United Nations, international politics and the countries of the global south. This makes this degree a stepping stone to careers in diplomacy, politics, government, and the multiple other strands of international development that incorporate issues of politics.
This Masters opens up to students a unique set of module options taken from both political science and development studies. These options allow students to follow their own interests by for instance angling the course towards a political science perspective, in the direction of political economy, globalisation, the international debt crisis, conflict, security or gender studies, political transformation and the environment or along a number of the many other paths enabled by the rich variety of options available in the two Schools that jointly offer this degree.
The MA International Relations and Development Studies degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.
The majority of the School’s research was rated as ‘internationally outstanding or high quality’ by the government in the last national research assessment exercise (RAE 2008). The School was placed in the top three departments in the country for research on international development. Furthermore, the School is consistently ranked highly in league tables. We are in the top 10 of the Guardian and Times League Tables for Geography and Environmental Sciences; in 2012/13 we were ranked 3rd in the Guardian’s University Guide and 9th in The Times League Table.