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International Relations

Middlesex University
London, Great Britain
 2143 Points
1 Year
Start date
Oct 2022

Program Description

In our ever-shrinking world, the need for different nations and peoples to co-exist presents both challenges and opportunities. By understanding these, you give yourself a greater chance of thriving in the international arena. For future-thinking students with an eye on a career in diplomacy, international public service, international affairs or international commerce, an MA International Relations degree from Middlesex University is an important stepping-stone.

This degree is ideal for those looking to broaden their skill set. Our London location attracts students from all across the world, which provides a natural environment for sharing national perspectives and cultural beliefs.

Our knowledgeable teaching staff, including Dr Tunc Aybak (geopolitics)and Dr Peter Hough (security) are all prominent specialists in their field of research and bring this expert knowledge to their teaching.

Course Highlights:

- Enjoy academic-led field trips to some of London's most important global organisations, such as the UN's International Maritime Organization. Field trips will be offered in line with current Covid 19 social distancing guidelines.
- Work among a diverse student body that provides a natural environment for varied insight and discussion.
- Eligible students can gain experience on an internship abroad with major international non-governmental organisations.
- Due to the evolving Covid 19 situation work placements in the UK or abroad may not be available or advisable. Please contact your Programme Leader for advice if considering any Work Placement before taking the matter further.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.
TOEFL (internet based)

Information about qualifications:

  • A degree in a relevant area: any social science or humanities subject (e.g. sociology, history, development studies, social policy, geography, philosophy, degrees in law, business studies, management, psychology and similar subjects that have some political components).

Other accepted qualifications:

  • A degree, or equivalent qualification
  • Applicants who have degrees in other subject areas will be considered if they have appropriate experience in working in government, public administration or international organizations (for example people working in London embassies) applicants should submit a CV at point of application outlining their experience.

Alternative English language requirements:

  • ESB ESOL International: Level 2‐Step 1
  • European Baccalaureate Language 1: Grade 7.0
  • European Baccalaureate Language 2: Grade 7.0
  • Language Cert International ESOL B2 SELT (SELT version ONLY): B2 High Pass overall and min 33/50 in each skill
  • Duolingo: Overall 110

More information:

  • If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study.



Foreign Policy Analysis: Geopolitical Perspectives

Global Security

Politics of Globalisation

Research and Practice Skills (20 Credits)- Compulsory

Global Security

In this module you have the opportunity to analyse changes in the global security agenda since the end of the Cold War, both empirically and theoretically. You will explore the meaning of security and compare competing theoretical perspectives in the discipline. The transformation of military security threats is then analysed with particular emphasis on the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and the significance of global terrorism.

The module then encourages you to explore the rise of nonmilitary issues of state and human security including human rights abuses, environmental change, crime, disease, poverty, and disasters. - (20 Credits) Compulsory

Politics of Globalisation

In this module your studies will focus on the implications of the forces of globalisation in International Relations. You’ll look in particular at international political processes and institutions at the level of politics, economics and culture. You’ll analyse the relevance of international organisations, and look at transnational politics and issues of global importance. You will explore theoretical debates surrounding these issues and in this way, critically evaluate the effectiveness of international policy.

The module aims to provide a platform for students to work constructively in groups, gain leadership skills and formulate arguments and coherent debates in a diverse international environment. - (60 Credits) Compulsory

Research and Practice Skills

This module prepares you to complete either a dissertation or an assessed work placement or a work based learning project. You will attend a series of lectures and workshops and online exercises address research methodologies, skills and employability. You will undertake a series of formative and summative assessments developing your critical and practical skills and leading to either; i) the production of a research proposal or ii) a critical review of the work of the organization you are to be placed with or work with.

The satisfactory completion of the module will then allow you to proceed to writing a dissertation of 10-12,000 words or to embark on a work placement assessed by production of a project report / paper and exercises reflecting on your experience. - (20 Credits) Compulsory


This master's course is for those who would like to develop their skills, to acquire a body of knowledge and to be exposed to the latest thinking. Graduates of the programme can advance within many areas of practice. Career opportunities exist in diplomatic services and the voluntary sector, where international NGOs often seek those with campaigning, policy and influencing skills. Furthermore, businesses throughout the world seek to employ people with knowledge of the global market place.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in data research, critical analysis, oral, written and visual communication, reasoned debate, understanding theoretical concepts, and policy analysis. All of these are highly transferable and valued by employers across all sectors.

Staff members teaching on the programme include world-renowned scholars who combine instruction in core topics with the fruits of their current research. Students will benefit from their networks of contacts, notably as regards internship opportunities in national and international organisations such as the United Nations.


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