Postgraduate study2016

MSc

International Relations

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time; 2-5 years part-time

The programme draws on the Department’s expertise in the study of International Relations, International Security, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and the European Union and its member states. It focuses on policy and institutional analysis, with contemporary and professional relevance.

MSc

International Relations

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time; 2-5 years part-time

The programme draws on the Department’s expertise in the study of International Relations, International Security, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and the European Union and its member states. It focuses on policy and institutional analysis, with contemporary and professional relevance.

Programme information

The programme normally includes a short subsidised visit to a governmental body or international organisation and can be taken with language training.

Students study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. In addition, all MSc students undertake a 15,000 word dissertation on an approved subject related to the award for which they are registered.

Core study areas include international relations theory, research methods, research design, and international politics: issues and policies.

Optional study areas are drawn from a range of modules offered in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences relevant to the study and understanding of world politics.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time-constrained assignments.

Entry qualification

A minimum of a good second class (2:1) honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant social sciences or humanities discipline.

Scholarships and sponsorships

International scholarships and bursaries available. See the department’s website for more information.

Careers and further study

Graduates have gone into a wide variety of careers: public and international organisations in the UK and EU; business, teaching, the voluntary sector and further academic research.

Programme modules

Semester One: 

EUP206 (compulsory) – International Relations Theory (30 credits).

This module provides an overview of contemporary theories of International Relations, and applies them to specific cases.

EUP124 (compulsory) – Philosophical Foundations of Social Science Research (10 credits).

The module aims to enable Masters' students to explore issues of research methods and techniques and to apply these in the context of other modules.

Option 1 – (30 credits) (choose 30 credits from): GYP005 – Globalization: Key Debates and Issues (30 credits)

The aims of this module are to Introduce students to debates surrounding the concept of globalization and to show how this concept has been invoked in a variety of geographical scholarships on the nature of space, place and territory. It aims to outline the contributions of geographers to the understanding of globalization in the context of wider debates about processes of globalization across the social sciences.

SSP303 Politics of Representation (15 credits):

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of current debates and advanced research about the politics of representation and to develop the skills relevant to the analysis of the involvement of media and cultural forms in social inclusion and exclusion.

SSP305 Digital Futures: Explorations in New Media’s (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to consider contemporary approaches to the economic, social, political and cultural impact of digital technologies.

EULXXX– Language Option (2 x 10 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity to develop practical language skills, with a view to enhancing candidate employability. Students may choose 30 credits of language modules (3 X 10 credit language modules). 2 x 10 credit Language modules would be studied during Semester 1 and one 10 credit language module would be studied during Semester 2.

 

Semester Two:

EUP307 (compulsory) – International Politics: Issues and Policies (30credits)

This module aims to provide students with knowledge of a range of issues drawn from contemporary international politics. It develops a problem-solving approach and impresses upon students the policy.

EUP125 (compulsory) – Research Design (10 credits)

This module introduces students a range issues related to the research design of their dissertations.

Option 2 – (30 credits) (choose 30 credits from)

BSP498 – Comparative Foreign Policy: Issues and Cases

This module aims to enable students to acquire the conceptual tools and specific knowledge relevant to an understanding of the foreign policies of key state actors in the global arena, and of the issues and policy contexts that shape these policies.

EUP322- Masters Seminars in Global and European Studies (30 credits)

The aim of this module is to allow students to identify and evaluate the principal characteristics of European Union governance with regard to a specific subject area of their choice.

EUP327 – Work/Anti Work (15 credits)

This module examines concepts and critiques of work in order to consider issues of social justice.

SSP301 – Media and Modernity (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of contemporary arguments and advanced research on the nature of modernity, the role of media and communications systems in its constitution, and the relations between social change, media and culture.

EULXXX– Language Option (1 x 10 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity to develop practical language skills, with a view to enhancing candidate employability. Students may choose 30 credits of language modules (3 X 10 credit language modules). 2 x 10 credit Language modules would be studied during Semester 1 and one 10 credit language module would be studied during Semester 2.

 

Summer:

Dissertation – (40 credits)

The third part of the programme is a 15,000-word Dissertation, on a topic chosen by the student in negotiation with tutors. The Dissertation is submitted by full-time students in mid-September in the year following programme registration; for part-time students the submission date is the January of the year following completion of all taught modules. Each student will be supervised by a member of the Department’s academic staff.

Module specifications are available at http://learn.lboro.ac.uk/course/index.php

 

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 1 (Classroom-based) £6,600 £14,950

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.