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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Queen's University Belfast

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

This programme provides a foundation in the academic discipline of International Relations and the array of ‘real world’ practices and problems that produce world politics. Having introduced the theoretical and methodological components which facilitate our study of the field, the aim is to use these tools to examine, explain and understand the issues and processes that make up our world: looking, for example, at war; diplomacy; arms control and arms proliferation; global health policy; humanitarian intervention; international development policy; race and legacies of colonialism; human displacement; inequality and injustice. While attending closely and consistently to traditional issues such as armed conflict, it thus offers a significantly broader education in international politics.

Students are thus able to balance engagement with core content in the field of International Relations with active development of their own areas of specialism as they progress through choosing elective courses according to their own interests. Among the central aims of the programme is provision of the high-quality methodological and research design training needed to conduct independent research projects to an academically accredited standard. This culminates in the final dissertation stage of the programme. Recent students' dissertation topics have included: Jihadi use of social media; Russian foreign and security policy after the Ukraine conflict; Extreme right-wing terrorism and the internet; Russian private military actors; EU defence policy after BREXIT; Baltic security and the future of NATO; Paramilitarism and the Northern Irish border; Indian defence and security in relation to rising China; The limits of ‘truth and reconciliation’ in conflict resolution.

Application deadline

12 August 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,200per year

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

University information

Queen's University Belfast

  • University League Table

    24th

  • Campus address

    Queen's University Belfast, University Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland

Queen’s is one of the UK’s Russell Group of top-ranking research-intensive institutions.
Its historic campus with cutting edge facilities is set in the heart of the affordable city of Belfast.
Queens is committed to preparing students for the future, providing international students with dedicated careers support to help them fulfil their potential.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    32nd out of 84 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    142 68%

    26th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%

    29th

    3
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.66 73%

    65th

    17

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