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  • Local: $ 7.88k / Year (International)
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    MA International Relations introduces you to the central debates and issues within the study of international politics and relations.

    We offer you the opportunity to analyse topics and concerns central to the functioning of the international system. Our emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach reflects the broadening nature of the subject beyond the confines of inter-state relationships.

    You will explore a wide range of contemporary and historical approaches to the subject, and focus upon on country-specific, regional and international processes. We also offer you a range of other modules in theoretical and practical study-areas, including research methods which can be useful in preparation for further study.

    Our programme unites inter-disciplinary work, the strength of our School of Politics and International Studies, with a thorough grounding in the core elements of the discipline. On completing the degree, you will have knowledge of the various aspects of international relations in addition to generic social science research skills, methodologies and approaches.

    Our programme offers you the chance to discuss matters of international interest and common concern with people from all over the world. Our interdisciplinary approach means that you can choose from a wide range of optional modules and provides you with the opportunity to analyse in depth global political issues as well as regional challenges.

    Career possibilitiesOur alumni have pursued a range of exciting and high-profile careers within academia and think tanks -- including teaching and research positions at universities in the UK, US, Europe, and Africa -- as well as globally-operating consultancy and publishing firms, transnational civil society organisations, and the United Nations.

    MA International Relations offers you ...

    * a better understanding of the international system and how it interacts with states and societies world-wide
    * an interdisciplinary approach with a wide range of optional modules.

    If you want to ...

    * be able to link theoretical ideas to events in the international system, both historical and contemporary
    * demonstrate that international politics is a struggle for ideas as well as power
    * participate in a dynamic research atmosphere
    * pursue a career in the international political arena

    ... then consider MA International Relations.

    Compulsory ModulesTheoretical Approaches in International Relations introduces you to the relationship between the struggle for power and the struggle between ideas. You will investigate some of the ideological and philosophical movements that have shaped, and continue to shape, the international system, and you will examine a variety of competing positions with reference to events in the real world.

    International Relations Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in politics through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

    Optional ModulesYou also study between three and five of the following optional modules.

    * American Foreign Policy
    * Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
    * Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
    * European Defence and Security Analysis
    * Global Justice
    * Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
    * International Relations and the Environment
    * Policing Post-Conflict Cities
    * The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
    * The Rise of China

    Please note module options may be subject to change.

    Programme structureAs a full-time student, you will attend two 2-hour sessions (combining lectures and seminar discussion) per week over the eleven weeks of the semester. As a part-time student, you will attend one 2-hour session (combining lectures and seminar discussion) per week over the eleven weeks of the semester.

    In addition, you will benefit from extensive opportunities to interact with students and staff by attending our impressive range of research talks and seminars led by outside speakers or colleagues from within our department and University.

    Teaching and learningYou will achieve your learning objectives through a combination of introductory lectures by our expert staff, lively seminar discussions, guided weekly readings as well as the completion of a piece of independent research in the form of essays of varying length under close supervision of your module leader.

    AssessmentWithin modules, assessment consists exclusively of assessed essays. At the end of your studies, a 12,000 word dissertation will allow you to pursue your own research interest under close supervision by one of our expert colleagues.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    If you wish to apply for one of our MA programmes you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Suitable degree subjects for specific programmes are as follows: * MA Global Development and pathways: A 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area e.g. development studies, sociology, social policy, geography. * MA Politics and pathways: A 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area e.g. politics, history, economics. * MA International Relations, MA Conflict Development and Security and MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency: A 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, e.g. history, international relations, security studies.Applicants with 2.2s and/or a degree in a non relevant subject may be considered, taking into consideration full transcripts, references and any relevant work/voluntary experience.Language requirements Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written. Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.The School has a minimum requirement: * TOEFL score on the internet-based test: 92, with minimum scores of 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing. * A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components. * PTE Academic score of at least 64 with not less than 60 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.Applicants should note that the requirement for MA Politics (Parliamentary) is a minimum of 8.0 average, with at least 7.5 in all components.Important information about language testsNew British government regulations state that an ... * IELTS * TOEFL iBT * or PET Academic... test score must be less than two years old when the University of Leeds issues a Certificate of Approved Study (CAS) to an international student that has been offered a place on a postgraduate taught programme.An international student requires a CAS in order to obtain a British student visa.What this means for youWhen you apply to one of our postgraduate courses, you must ensure that your English Language Test score will be less than two years old when we make a decision on your application. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL iBT® test: 92 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.

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