International Relations

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StudyQA ranking:4964 Duration:12 months

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* Research-led teaching: courses on the International Relations MA are designed and taught by international renowned researchers in International Relations, Contemporary History, and Law.

* The department hosts an active guest lecture series featuring leading scholars and thinkers in the area of International Relations, Politics, and History.

* Students takings the Brunel MA in International Relations will have the opportunity to become members of the leading British think-tank, Chatham House.

International Relations presents policy-makers and scholars with a wide range of issues that require analysis and evaluation. Students graduating with a masters degree in International Relations will be equipped to understand and interpret these issues more deeply and to think creatively about the challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century.

All students take the module 'Evolution of International Relations' designed to set out the conceptual foundations of the subject and three optional modules enabling specialist instruction in specific fields. Students develop their research skills through, in particular, completion of a dissertation on a subject of their choice within the field of International Relations.

Graduates of the MA International Relations at Brunel will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of organisations including government, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, business, research institutes and security. A number of masters students have also elected to pursue further study at doctoral level.


The Brunel MA in International Relations aims to develop students' knowledge of this evolving discipline and to provide students with the opportunity to study topics across its key sub-fields.

Core Modules

* Dissertation
* The Evolution of International Relations

Students must also select three optional modules from the list below:

* Globalisation
* China and the World
* Democracy, War and Intervention
* Imperialism and Culture
* The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001
* Intelligence Concepts: Issues and Institutions
* The United Nations Human Rights Regime (term 1) + Theory and Practice of Human Rights (term 2). (These two 15 credit modules are taught by the Law department and must be taken together).
* Influencing Public Policy: UK Governance in Transnational World
* Public Policy and the Challenges of Cultural Diversity
* War in History: 1789 to Present
* The Second World War
* Intelligence History: Failure and Success

A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social science or related discipline. Applicants with a 2.1 in a non-related discipline in which essays are not a core mode of assessment (e.g. maths, natural sciences) will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a 2.1 Honours degree or or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a non related discipline but that have some relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis Applicants who hold a UK (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social science or related discipline with some relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. English Language Requirements * IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) * Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) * BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

The Brunel International Scholarships
The Brunel International Scholarship Programme is an annual award run by the Brunel International office that is open to all international students. Its goal is to provide financial support to exceptional students. Scholarship holders will go on to represent Brunel as ambassadors throughout their time at the University. The deadline for applying for the 2014/15 programme is 25 May 2014 and all applicants will be notified of the panel's decision by the middle of July.

For 2014/15, thanks to the generosity of Brunels alumni and supporters, we are pleased to be able to offer 37 awards, which will comprise a15% discountonthe cost of tuition fees. These awards are open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research students who are classed as overseas for fee purposes.

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