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.

Start dates

September each year.

Entry requirements

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.



Home/EU: £5,470
International: £13,500

Course aims

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.

Course modules


  • Post Cold War World Order
  • Dissertation

Option modules

Three from the following – subject to availability:

  • America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
  • Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU
  • American Interventionism since 1993
  • The Politics of Human Rights
  • The British Way of Warfare: Counter Insurgency since 1945
  • International Security
  • Governance and Corruption
  • Europe as a Global Actor
  • Strategy in the Modern World
  • Foreign Policy Discourse: Language, Identity and Security
  • Human Rights, Ethics and Intervention in Action
  • Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

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.


The Postgraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Politics and International Relations
T: 0116 252 2702
F: 0116 252 5082

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