International Relations and World Order MA/Postgraduate Diploma
Duration and mode of study
One year full-time or two years part-time. This course is also available via distance learning.
September each year.
Either a first or a good second class honours degree from a British university or its equivalent, in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects.
This course provides a thorough grounding in international security studies, focusing on developments since the end of the cold war. As the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington demonstrated with shocking clarity, international security remains a vital issue on the global agenda. The search for a stable and just international order has proven elusive, with war and armed conflict continuing in many parts of the world.
The study of international security involves more than states and military conflict; it includes an analysis of the underlying political, economic, social and environmental sources of conflict. This course combines a study of the main theories and concepts in international security with empirical analysis of contemporary security issues such as terrorism, proliferation, failed states and security communities.
Throughout the course, you are encouraged to think critically and analytically about international security, and to consider the complex causes of many contemporary security problems.
- Post Cold War World Order
Three from the following – subject to availability:
- Post-Cold War World Order
- America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
- Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU
- South African Foreign Policy: The Diplomacy of Isolation
- International Migration: Political and Social Aspects
- Human Rights, Ethics and War in the Post-Cold War Order
- EU Enlargement and Democratic Consolidation in Post-Communist Europe
- American Interventionism since 1993
- The Politics of Human Rights
- The British Way of Warfare: Counter Insurgency since 1945
- Visions of the Modern American Presidency 1945-2000
Teaching and assessment methods
The modules are examined by mixture of assessed essay and a class presentation. All teaching is by seminars.
Students who have passed all taught modules will be able to proceed to write a supervised dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length.
Throughout, you will be supported by a comprehensively resourced Library and an established student support system.