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International Relations MA

Business and Law postgraduates command an average salary of £44,186 (DLHE, 2013/14) 

Overview

Reasons to study International Relations at DMU:

On this course you will develop an advanced understanding of key global issues such as globalisation, international political economy, security, health and the role of states and non-state organisations.

There is wide diversity in the range of study, from international relations theory to regional integration. It will provide you with an advanced level of understanding of the modern world, including the way in which states, regions and international organisations interact. 

  • Wide variety of modules
    Provides the opportunity to study a wide variety of fascinating modules
  • Learn from internationally renowned staff
    You will study in a research-rich academic environment with the opportunity to be taught by internationally renowned staff and to participate in research seminars, conferences and annual lectures
  • Add international experience to your CV
    You will have the opportunity to take part in #DMUglobal overseas study trips.
  • Excellent student experience
    Benefit from the input of high profile visiting scholars, academic staff with wide geographical subject coverage and the opportunity to participate in study trips abroad.
  • Boost your potential earnings
    Business and Law postgraduates command an average salary of £44,186 (DLHE, 2013/14)

 


 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

More courses like this:

Business Economics and International Relations MSc
International Business and Corporate Social Responsibility MSc

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time, two years part time

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: £5,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: £12,200

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Students should hold a good honours degree or overseas equivalent, in any subject. Applications from those with significant professional experience in politics and international relations will be considered individually.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

  • Theory and Practice of International Relations – this module will provide you with an advanced understanding of international relations theory and its relationship to the contemporary world. The module starts by introducing the subject discipline of international relations and emphasises the significance and relevance of theory in explaining the contemporary world. The module then provides an understanding of the key theories and evaluates the main differences between the competing positions. By doing so, you will gain an understanding of how the practices of international relations are informed by theoretical perspectives.
  • Globalisation – globalisation affects business and society at all levels. In this module, you will gain an understanding of the historical background to globalisation as well as an understanding of the economic, political and commercial contexts of globalisation. You will develop an awareness of globalisation debates together with an understanding of the effects of globalisation on various actors and an awareness of the relationship between globalisation and business
  • Research Methodology – this module presents research in management and business as a strategic activity that occurs within the context of limited resources and within a framework of ethical, legal and social constraints. Attention is focused on data collection techniques appropriate for research in management and business, along with techniques for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data

You will also select four elective modules which might include:

  • Post-Cold War World Order
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Regional Security in the European Neighbourhood
  • Britain and European Integration
  • International Trade
  • Global Health: Politics, Policy and Strategy
  • International Human Resource Management

Dissertation
You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of international business and corporate social responsibility (in its broadest sense). You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.

 

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Teaching contact hours

Full-time option

For the full time option you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation (or In-company project), and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Part-time option

For the part time option you should be prepared to devote approximately 19 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 7 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a surgery hour each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 12 hours per work during teaching weeks

Once you have completed all the taught modules, you will then undertake independent research for your dissertation (or In-company project), and should typically allow around 19 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. 

The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs. The DMU bookshop stock a number of core text books and a range of background reading for your course, along with a variety of stationery.

The Oasis café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments. 

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

The course prepares you for senior roles in public and private organisations where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.

There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested in making a difference and who understand the implications of the global financial crisis, climate change, diplomacy, and sustainable development, health care and other issues affecting contemporary society.

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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