MSc Gender and International Relations

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 18
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This programme interlocks with Bristol's world-leading research into the gendered character of world politics. It examines and deploys perspectives from feminism, gender studies, cultural studies, and sexuality studies, in conjunction with inter-disciplinary research in international political economy, civil-military relations, international development and the study of men and masculinities.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£7,300
Overseas
£15,500

Part time fees

UK/EU
£3,650

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units, six assessed essays followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • Feminisms and International Relations
  • International Security or International Political Economy
  • Theories of International Relations

Optional units

Three optional units in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) from a list supplied during the academic year. 

Topics vary each year but may include:

  • Gender and Development
  • Managing and Evaluating Development
  • Environmental Politics
  • Governing the Global Borderlands
  • Masculinities and IR
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Military and Militarisation
  • Discourse Analysis
  • US Security Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • Sino-US relations in global politics
  • Politics of Genocide
  • Japan and East Asia
  • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
  • Care, Labour and Gender: International Policy Development
  • Social Class in Contemporary Society
  • IR of China
  • European Foreign Policy
  • Religion and Politics
  • Understanding Risk
  • The Politics of Insecurity
  • Nuclear insecurity
  • Theories of Violence
  • Global Transitions: Power, Hegemony, and the Ordering of the Global Political Economy

A list of current units is available on the SPAIS website.

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification). Degrees from all disciplines are considered. 

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

Our overall deadline is 31 July 2016. However, if you are interested in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2016 you must have completed and submitted your application by 14th January 2016.

Careers

Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation.

Students of the MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers.  Many sectors such as the Civil Service, NGO and charity work require an MSc and some volunteer/internship experience. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Dept for Education (including SureStart), European Parliament among others.

Further details can be found on our website

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 16% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 33% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 7% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7577 Email: spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
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Bristol
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