International Politics MA

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

International Politics MA

International Politics MA - a City University degree programme

City's International Politics MA gives the candidates an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the critically important issues of the contemporary world and ways to tackle those. The course focuses on theoretical and practical approaches in important areas of development, equality and foreign policies.

Suitability - Who should attend?

You should have a first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree in politics, the social sciences, law, business studies or humanities.

However, we will also consider applications from students with a degree in any other subject where applicants have gained significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research.

Other Suitable Qualifications

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

If your first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test)

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for Postgraduate Study
  • Pre-sessional English

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The skills of International Politics graduates are of direct relevance to a wide range of professions:

  • Research,
  • Civil service,
  • Teaching,
  • Media communications,
  • Journalism,
  • International organisations,
  • Non-government organisations,
  • International finance and the private sector.

International Politics Careers Day

During your MA year you can attend the Department's 'International Politics Careers Day' which explores career opportunities with International Politics degrees and provides:

  • Talks by speakers within the field (including City alumni). Previous speakers have included staff from the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Justice, UNESCO, the EU Commission and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO).
  • Talks by careers consultants and volunteering coordinators
  • CV, applications and volunteering drop-in sessions with careers professionals.

Training Course Content

The modules listed below provide you with the opportunity to examine and critically evaluate issues of the contemporary world.

You take six taught modules, plus complete an MA dissertation.

Core modules

  • Theories of international politics
  • MA dissertation (including preparatory workshops)

Elective modules

Choose five from:

International Politics modules

  • Understanding security in the 21st century
  • International organisations in global politics
  • Development and international politics
  • Political Islam in global politics
  • Global capitalism: Past, present and future
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Economic diplomacy
  • International financial institutions
  • Political economy of global finance
  • The politics of forced displacement and resettlement
  • Global civil society
  • Global governance
  • International politics of the Middle East
  • Global transformations (not running in 2013/14)
  • US foreign policy
  • Global political economy: contemporary approaches
  • Strategy, diplomacy and decision making
  • Rights, multiculturalism and citizenship
  • Forced migration
  • Migration and social inclusion
  • Global politics of human rights
  • International human rights law
  • Human rights and the transformation of world politics
  • Global ethics: principles, power and politics
  • The new politics of business: From a physical to an intangible economy

Sociology modules

  • Human wrongs
  • Penology
  • Crime news
  • International communications and conflict
  • Transnational media and communication

Journalism modules

  • Key issues in financial journalism

Food Policy modules

  • Political economy of food

Please note: For modules offered by other Departments (Sociology, Journalism, Food Policy), spaces are limited.

The above-listed modules may be subject to change before or during the course of your studies. The modules on offer may vary from year to year depending on staff availability and student demand.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.


You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, student presentations and practical workshops. Teaching is supported by a personal tutorial and supervision system and a general lecture series with outside speakers (both professional and academic). You will complete six taught modules, made up of a mixture of compulsory core and elective options. You will also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce your dissertation over the summer period.


Each taught module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay. There are no examinations. Your final MA marks are derived from a combination of your essay and dissertation grades. You are required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 words in an area linked to the MA degree. Your dissertation topic will be agreed with your personal tutor/supervisor.

Teaching staff

All our academic staff are actively involved in postgraduate teaching. Find out more about them by reading their individual staff profiles.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Sample Course Materials

If you are new to the subject, you might like to look at:

  • Robert Jackson and Georg Sorenson, "Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches" (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Hedley Bull, "The Anarchical Society" (various editions)
  • Nick Bisley, "Rethinking Globalization" (Palgrave, 2007)
  • Joseph Stiglitz, "Globalization and its Discontents" (Penguin, 2002)



  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year

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