University of Portsmouth

School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies

MA International Relations and European Studies



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA International Relations and European Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

We are living through a period of dramatic change in international politics. New security threats, terrorism, the rise of new economic powers in the East, the resurgence of Russia, and the spread of globalisation are all issues which demand urgent study. In addition, the integration and expansion of the EU have established the EU as an international player. This masters course is an exciting opportunity to study such issues at an advanced level. A key feature of the degree is to integrate theoretical approaches into the study of key topics and themes such as national identity, governance, security. You will engage with the main debates in international relations and European integration and governance but also take a multi-disciplinary approach to specific topics. Our MA International Relations and European Studies will enable you to acquire the necessary advanced knowledge and skills which you can use to: enhance your employability by extending your area of expertise beyond that of your first degree deepen your existing knowledge of international relations and/or European studies and specialise in particular areas such as security or governance or the external relations of the EU make yourself stand out in an increasingly competitive job market by acquiring skills which show an ability to research independently and study a contemporary topic at an advanced level go on to more advanced research and doctoral study The course at Portsmouth is designed so that you do not have to have already studied either international relations or European studies. Students can use the course either to switch from another degree in social sciences, history, or law for example. Equally the range of specialisations offered means that students who already have an undergraduate degree in the area can further deepen their knowledge. Unlike many other international relations degrees the Portsmouth programme integrates theory with the range of themes and topics. In addition the course benefits from a strong tradition of multi-disciplinarity at Portsmouth. There is a wide range of area expertise in European and international affairs in the Centre for European and International Studies. This provides a wide range of coverage for both the taught units and the dissertation. As well as an EU specialist we have specialists on individual member states such as France, Germany and Spain. We also have specialists on North and sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the former Soviet Union, the United States and Latin America. The course is very much informed by the research expertise of members of staff who are active members of The Centre for European and International Studies Research, the largest centre of European Studies in the country. In the latest 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise Portsmouth was rated top for research in European Studies (Research Power Index).



International Student Requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English - IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 6.0 or equivalent. US students who have received an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth can apply for a Direct Loan through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme. We are an eligible Federal Loan institution - our school code is G21159.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Out State Tuition (per year): 10500 GBP

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