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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Preston Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 years

Course summary

The MA in International Relations is an interactive and engaging programme aimed at challenging preconceptions and making learning fun and practical.

There are numerous modules aimed at helping make sense of the interconnected world we live in while dealing with some of the most controversial topics of our time. You can complete an in-depth research-based dissertation or a placement in an appropriate organisation such as a government department, NGO or international organisation. This fosters a deeper understanding of the organizations that are involved in international relations as well as giving students an in depth look inside an organization which they may wish to work for in the future.

Upon completion of this course you’ll have a wide and nuanced understanding of the role international relations plays in everyday life. You will be able to analyse the public policies that make up the international field to apply theory to the real world of international relations.

Within the teaching team there is a wealth of expertise in Asia Pacific Studies and the team have frequently been called upon to advise the UK government on foreign policy with regard to North Korea, South Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan.

Why study with us

  • The course introduces postgraduate level IR theory and its real-world applications through either international placement or dissertation.
  • Dr. Lawrence, the course leader, is an internationally respected expert in terrorism and security. She often consults with government and regularly provides expert commentary to a variety of media outlets.
  • Past students have taken international trips to Washington DC, New York, Germany, Prague, Cyprus, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo.

Future careers

Students who wish to continue to further study will be prepared to take up places in MRes and PhD programmes at the University and around the world. They will additionally be well placed to take up a role in a variety of international organisations who generally require their staff to have a graduate degree for research and analyst roles.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Central Lancashire

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  • Campus address

    University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    70th out of 85 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    115 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    52 52%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.20 84%



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