Comments from External Examiner on the 2012-2013 session:
External Examiner A:
The MSc in International Relations Theory is an excellent, world class programme. The core course is designed to introduce students to developments at the leading edges of the field. Students are also able to choose from a wide range of optional courses covering the key strands of International Relations Theory as well as courses focusing upon developments in particular regions of the world. The programme is particularly well-suited to those thinking of an academic career within the discipline or for employment requiring the handling of complex concepts and reasoning.
The teaching methods on the programme require students to think independently and creatively about the subject matter. This frequently leads to the production of excellent work that clearly demonstrates both depth of knowledge and (through the dissertation in particular) capability for further research.
The assessment regime is well-designed, student work is assessed rigorously, and feedback detailed and constructive.
Students taking this programme can be confident that they are receiving a first-rate, excellent education in the subject.