MA International Relations
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Arts
- Course Length
- 1 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
If you are an energetic and innovative thinker, eager to grapple with some of the most urgent issues the world faces today, UEA’s MA in International Relations offers the ideal postgraduate course for you. Covering the key concepts and theoretical traditions within International Relations and their relevance to contemporary themes in world politics, our MA in IR offers you a challenging and thought-provoking degree.
We work alongside you to think critically about the global challenges facing us: climate change, for instance, international security, or changing global governance with the rise of emerging powers and the global South. Taught by leading authorities in the field, our modules will get you thinking in new ways as you cover critical issues, key actors and alternative methods of analysis and interpretation.
MA International Relations invites you to explore the biggest questions in global politics. It is an inspiring and challenging course of study, and our field-leading team of IR experts is here to support you as you grapple with those challenges.
Our MA will introduce you to theories, analytical frameworks, and methods to understand the dynamics of global interaction. The course’s flexible structure invites you to deepen and refine your knowledge in specialist modules, getting to grips with the ever-increasing complexity of the world today. You might study war, peace, conflict and security, as well as a range of other transnational dynamics, such as global economics, the environment, human rights, religion and migration.
Students are welcomed to our MA from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, bringing a rich intellectual and cultural mix to each cohort. You may have studied IR before, but many of our students have backgrounds in geography, sociology, environmental studies, economics, or in the Arts and Humanities. What unites our students is that they are interested in the wider application of their knowledge to the international sphere.
We are proud to be committed to decolonising the curriculum. There are many ways of understanding this process. Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o uses the term in reference to an ongoing process of “seeing ourselves clearly”. African thinker Achille Mbembe explains that for Ngugi this process is about writing oneself, teaching oneself. Our IR team is eager to accompany you in this process, discussing, debating, and thinking together in a process of co-learning.
Study and Modules
You will find this one-year, full-time master’s degree a rich, exciting experience from the start. Part of a cohort living the same experience, you will form helpful relationships of support and friendship with each other.
Face to face teaching will take place through lectures, seminars, and workshops during your first two semesters. In the first semester, you’ll take the core module, International Relations Theory, along with two other modules of your choice. These include modules such as global governance and emerging powers, war games, diplomacy and strategy or religion and international security. Then you’ll take another three in the Spring semester, again choosing from a number of options depending on your interests. For example, you may wish to specialise in European politics, perspectives on globalisation, or American foreign policy.
Over the summer, you’ll work on your dissertation which you will submit at the beginning of September. Your dissertation is an integral element of your MA and an excellent opportunity to conduct independent research into a subject area that you find stimulating. You’ll select your own topic and will be allocated an individual supervisor to advise you on all aspects of writing and researching. We also organise a dedicated Postgraduate Day in the spring, when you will have the opportunity to discuss your dissertation as a work in progress with staff and fellow students.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 40)
Optional B Modules(Credits: 60)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
Our teaching is designed to encourage you to critically analyse all sources and develop your ability to engage in informed debates – we place significant emphasis on enabling you to advance your opinions in an academically grounded manner.
The department comprises more than 30 members of staff, all of whom actively engage with research in the field. This means that you will be taught by experts in international relations theory, global political economy, security studies, political philosophy, religious studies, political communications and media studies. Our teaching is research-led, in that we ask the same questions of our students as we do in our research. Which means you can be sure your learning is at the cutting-edge of the discipline.
We take an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approach to our work, linking theory to practice, to create a distinctive programme of research. This has given us a strong international reputation for research in a wide variety of areas, including international relations, international security, terrorism, human rights, religion, Britain, the EU, Japan, Africa, the mass media (including digital media), political communications, popular culture, identity politics, public administration and public policy, political theory, and political rhetoric.
Learning how to study and research independently, and how to present your subsequent work, are important skills that you’ll gain during this postgraduate degree. You will develop and hone these abilities from your first week with us, and you’ll build on them as you progress through the degree to your final dissertation.
How you'll spend your time during semester 1 and 2:
- Teaching: 25%
- Independent Learning: 75%
Whilst writing your dissertation, you will have a dedicated Postgraduate day where you’ll present your dissertation proposal and receive feedback from your peers and staff. You will then meet regularly with your dissertation supervisor.
You’ll be assessed through a range of methods on this degree, including essays, project work, presentations and the dissertation.
Most of our modules include opportunities for formative assessments, which will provide you with the expert feedback you need before you submit your final work.
- A Levels
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Humanities or Social Sciences such as Law, Politics, International Relations or Development Studies.
- English Foreign Language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in two components only, with 6.0 in the other two)
PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in only two components with 64 in the others)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests
INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.
If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are:
UK Students: £9,500 (full time)
International Students: £19,800 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
An understanding of international affairs is increasingly important in all kinds of careers, and our programme will provide you with vital employability skills and many networking opportunities.
Recent graduates from our School have taken jobs in business, teaching, research, journalism, and many international organisations, including the UN, EU and NATO.
We work closely with UEA’s Careers Service, which can provide advice on all aspects of graduate employment as well as helping you arrange internships and work placements.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers you could enter include:
Our MA will prepare you for careers such as:
management position in international organisations, NGOs, government, media, and academia