International Relations MA
Please note that there is still time to apply for courses starting in September 2017, subject to course availability.
We regularly host online webinars to give you the chance to find out more about our courses and what studying at Brunel is like.
For a playback of our recent MA International Relations webinar, click here.
About the course
International Relations presents policy-makers and scholars with a wide range of issues that require analysis and evaluation. Students graduating with a Master’s degree in International Relations will be equipped to understand and interpret these issues more deeply and to think creatively about the challenges facing the world in the 21st Century.
Students on this course will benifit from:
- Research-led teaching: courses on the International Relations MA are designed and taught by international renowned researchers in International Relations, Contemporary History, and Law.
- The department hosts an active guest lecture series featuring leading scholars and thinkers in the area of International Relations, Politics, and History.
- Students takings the Brunel MA in International Relations will have the opportunity to become members of the leading British think-tank, Chatham House.
- The Brunel MA in International Relations will develop your knowledge of this evolving discipline and will provide you with the opportunity to study topics across its key sub-fields.
The MA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
Evolution of International Relations
Choose at least one of the following:
International Political Economy
China and Contemporary Geopolitics
The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001
Middle East Security
Democracy and Intervention
Imperialism and Culture
Multiculturalism and Human Rights
Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Graduates of the MA International Relations at Brunel will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of organisations including government, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, business, research institutes and security.
A number of masters’ students have also elected to pursue further study at doctoral level.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- A UK first or 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social science or related discipline.
- Applicants with a 2.2 in a non-related discipline in which essays are not a core mode of assessment (e.g. maths, natural sciences) will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.
- All applicants will be interviewed.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment varies by essay, dissertation and examination.
A Master’s degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard.
- Courses are designed and taught by world-renowned experts in politics, international relations, public policy and contemporary history.
- The department has a distinctive concentration of expertise in the history of modern political thought.
- We have close links with government, industry, and international organisations, with guest lectures from key political, intelligence, and business figures, as well as placement opportunities in some courses.
- Academic staff are dedicated to furthering knowledge in their particular fields.
Fees for 2017/18 entry
£7,500 full-time; £3,750 part-time
£15,750 full-time; £7,875 part-time
Additional course related costs
Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).