MA in international Relations

Brunel University London, United Kingdom
MA in international Relations
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
Total Cost KES 3,704,956
Course Accredited By NA
1 Years On Campus Postgraduate Degree

International relations is an area of politics that largely focuses on how two or more nations interact with each other.

  • As an introduction to the course you will study the evolution of international relations theory – for example how international relations relates to problems of anarchy, sovereignty, order, justice and solutions. 
  • Early on in the course, you will have a choice between two topics: International Security which will look at the main concepts and models within the subject as well as its issues and policies, or International Political Economy which considers topics like globalisation, financial liberation and economic growth.
  • Once your knowledge, understanding and analytical skills have grown in international relations, you will choose a further two additional optional modules which cover democracy, migrant law, post-war world affairs, security in the middle east, and geopolitics. Finally, a research project of your choice under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor completes the course.
  • In keeping with the importance Brunel places on getting you ready for work, this degree includes the rare option of a work placement – 6-12 weeks of professional practice that takes place between May and September in an organisation with an international dimension to its mission.
  • Other opportunities to network and build knowledge include the option to take up membership with Chatham House, the leading British think tank on international affairs. Benefits include access to library and archive materials as well as regular events.
  • In fact, Brunel’s proximity to central London’s world-class research facilities, Westminster and Whitehall means you couldn’t be better placed to immerse yourself in an established political area.
  • Graduates of the International Relations MA, go to pursue careers in a wide range of organisations, including government, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, business, research institutes and security, or further study at doctoral level.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a essay-based subject (Social Science, History, Law, Humanities, Geography, English Literature) with personal statement showing interest and background knowledge or 3 months relevant work experience.
    Applicants with a 2:2 in a non-related subject in which essays are not a core mode of assessment (e.g. maths, natural sciences) will be considered on an individual basis.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)
  • Your studies are built around a foundation of compulsory modules with a range of optional modules to choose from within the subject. To complete your MA, you will undertake a substantial piece of written research in a topic of your choice under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor.
  • This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 15 months full-time with placement, 2 years part-time or 2.5 years part-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

  • PP5563 - Evolution of International Relations
  • PP5608 - Dissertation and Research Skills in International Relations


  • PP5603 - International Security
  • PP5606 - International Political Economy
  • PP5607 - China and Contemporary Geopolitics
  • PX5609 - The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001
  • PP5609 - Middle East Security
  • PX5606 - Democracy and Intervention
  • LX5553 - The Migrant and the Law

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