MSc International Relations

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Course length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 50
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This programme presents a broad assessment of contemporary international relations. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, ideological, cultural and ethical issues. The programme promotes a close knit student community with easy access to members of staff who all give teaching and supervision a high priority while maintaining high-quality, high-volume research.

Open day, Wednesday 15 June 10am-4.30pm

2D3, Social Science Complex, 12a Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TN

The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies will be holding a postgraduate open day on Wednesday 15 June. The open day will consist of a welcome from the Teaching and Learning Director, presentations by Pathway Directors, sample seminars, careers information, a campus tour, refreshments and an informal question and answer session. Administrative staff will also be available to meet with you to discuss our programmes and the application process and answer any other general enquiries.

Open days are a great opportunity for you to meet current staff, view our facilities and find out more about your programme and school. For more information or to register your interest, please email spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk stating your full name, the programme you are interested in and any dietary requirements.

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 and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • International Political Economy
  • International Security
  • Theories of International Relations

Optional units

Three optional units from a selection are offered by the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies. 

TOPICS VARY EACH YEAR BUT MAY INCLUDE:

  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Managing and Evaluating Development
  • Development Skills in Practice
  • 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
  • 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.

Selection process 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
11 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt

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