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MSc in International Relations (Research)

Programme Code: TMIRRE

Department: International Relations

For students starting this programme of study in 2019/20

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year programme. Students must take two compulsory courses, optional courses to the value of one full unit and a dissertation.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

IR436 Theories of International Relations (1.0)

Paper 2

MY4M1 Foundations of Social Research 1 (1.0) or


MY4M2 Foundations of Social Research 2 (1.0)

Paper 3

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:


DV413 Environmental Problems and Development Interventions (0.5) #


DV415 Global Environmental Governance (0.5)


DV460 Bayesian Reasoning for Qualitative Social Science: A modern approach to case study inference (0.5) #


EU431 European Integration from a Global Perspective (0.5) #  (withdrawn 2019/20)


EU435 History and Theory of European Integration (0.5)  (withdrawn 2019/20)


EU437 Europe Beyond Modernity (0.5)


GI413 Gender and Militarisation (0.5)


GI426 Gender and Human Rights (0.5) #


IR411 Foreign Policy Analysis III (1.0) #


IR412 International Institutions (1.0)


IR415 Strategic Aspects of International Relations (1.0) #  (not available 2019/20)


IR416 The EU in the World (1.0) #


IR418 International Politics: Asia & the Pacific (1.0)


IR419 International Relations of the Middle East (1.0) #


IR422 Conflict and Peacebuilding (1.0) #


IR433 The International Politics of EU Enlargement (0.5)  (not available 2019/20)


IR434 European Defence and Security (0.5)


IR445 China and the World (1.0)


IR447 Political Economy of International Labour Migration (0.5) #  (not available 2019/20)


IR448 American Grand Strategy (0.5)  (not available 2019/20)


IR452 Empire and Conflict in World Politics (0.5)


IR453 Global Business in International Relations (0.5)


IR454 Governing International Political Economy: Lessons from the Past for the Future (0.5)  (not available 2019/20)


IR461 Islam in World Politics (1.0)


IR462 International Political Theory (0.5)


IR464 The Politics of International Law (0.5)  (not available 2019/20)


IR465 The International Politics of Culture and Religion (1.0) #


IR466 Genocide (0.5)


IR467 Global Environmental Politics (0.5)


IR471 The Situations of the International Criminal Court (0.5)


IR472 Nuclear Non-proliferation and World Politics (Advanced Topics in International Relations) (0.5)


IR473 China and the Global South (0.5)


IR474 Revolutions and World Politics (0.5)


IR475 Gender/ed/ing International Politics (0.5)


IR476 Gender and Political Violence (0.5)


IR477 Sub-Saharan Africa: Governance, Peace, and Security (0.5)  (not available 2019/20)


IR478 Critical War Studies (0.5)


IR479 Russia in World Politics (0.5) #


IR480 Globalisation and the State in Developing Countries (0.5)


IR481 Europe, the US and Arab-Israeli Relations (0.5) #  (not available 2019/20)

Paper 4

IR486 Dissertation in International Relations Theory and International Relations (Research) (1.0)

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.