Members of staff teaching on the MA International Relations have a wide range of research interests including humanitarianism, peace building, great power politics, security, activism, and gender. They include visiting scholars at Harvard and Brown Universities, and the Australian National University, and provide consultancy to organisations such as the Department for International Development.
Seminar tutors direct and facilitate class debate and discussions. You will fine-tune your critical reading skills, learn to present in front of an audience, to ask and field incisive questions, and work with your peers to develop consensus views and challenge those of others. A range of media will be used in teaching, from video and audio, newspaper articles and academic journal articles. Fictional works and documentaries also provide insight on how societies interpret and portray international politics.
Assessment varies between modules but will involve essays, workshop contributions, presentations, policy briefs, blog posts and exams. You will also be expected to write a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject that has captured your imagination or is of political importance to you. We will provide dedicated research training to help you structure both the research and writing of your dissertation. Developing the ability to express complex ideas succinctly and in depth, is a core skill that will stand you in good stead, no matter what your chosen career may be.
Our main library is open 24/7 throughout the academic year. With a book stock in excess of 1.2 million, we have one of the highest UK academic library ratios of books to students. The main library offers self-service machines, state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, and an extended Wi-Fi network. The library provides world-class study facilities to all students. It has extensive holdings of works on political science, international relations and the various sub-disciplines.