International Relations - MA

This is an American degree (see the 'structure' tab for more information).

This programme examines the complexities and processes involved in world affairs.

The relationships between states, international institutions, international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and non-state operators are explored and analysed extensively.

You will take an interdisciplinary approach to your studies, integrating historical examples and theories from areas such as international relations, international political economy, sociology, psychology and history.

Why should I choose this programme?

Traditional issues such as war and peace, strategy and diplomacy are still at the heart of world affairs.

However, the issues of human rights, climate change and the environment, migration, globalisation, global civil society, terrorism and many others present even more complex and intriguing challenges which future scholars and practitioners of international relations will have to address.

The programme aims to prepare you for an exciting career in the fast-moving and uncertain world of global politics, able to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Key skills, aims and objectives

You will gain

  • A deep analytical understanding of key sub-fields and theories of International Relations as a discipline
  • The ability to identify major operators and institutions of international relations and their functions
  • Analytical understanding of international issues from a range of perspectives
  • The ability to evaluate decision-making processes, including moral and ethical implications
  • A familiarity with foreign cultures and languages

Future opportunities

Graduates of this programme are not limited to a single career path. It will prepare you for a number of careers in areas such as diplomacy, international business, economics, history, law and political science.

It will give you the necessary tools to excel in your career in the public and private sectors

Length

Most students complete their degree in six terms over 14 months. Academically strong and dedicated students may complete the degree in five terms over 12 months.

Additional information

This is an American degree. It is made up of units known as credit hours. Each class that you undertake will allow you to accumulate credit hours. Most classes (modules) carry three credit hours. You must successfully complete at least 36 credit hours (12 modules) to complete the programme.

The main parts of your degree are the core modules. You will follow 8-10 core modules, depending on your chosen degree. These must be complemented with a selection of elective modules to make up the required total of 12 modules. For some programmes, elective modules can be chosen from the full selection of MA, MS and MBA classes.

Professional skills development
In addition you will be expected to spend time in scholarship and research activities each term. All students undertake a mandatory, no-credit module in their first term (LIBR 5010 Professional Studies) which strengthens their academic skills in preparation for postgraduate study.

Sequential degrees
RUL also offers you the opportunity to undertake a sequential degree – a second MA, MS or MBA degree following your first postgraduate degree.

If you have earned an MA, MS or an MBA from Webster University, or Master’s or Doctorate from another regionally accredited college or university, or an international equivalent, you may apply for a sequential Master’s degree by completing the core modules (minimum 21 credit hours) in your chosen degree.

Please note: the sequential Master’s degrees in International Relations and Finance require completion of 27 hours of coursework.

Modules

Core modules
INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations
INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives
INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory or Practice OR INTL 6250 Thesis

In addition:

  • Two modules from the Comparative Politics cluster
  • Four modules from the International Politics cluster
  • Three elective modules (details below)

Comparative Politics cluster
INTL 5050 Comparative Politics
INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy
INTL 5580 Politics of Development
INTL 5600 Area Studies
INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics
INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies
INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies
INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies
INTL 5655 Africa Area Studies
INTL 5665 South and Central Asia Area Studies
INTL 5685 Latin America Area Studies

International Politics cluster
INTL 5400 International Political Economy
INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations
INTL 5530 International Law
INTL 5540 International Organisations
INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy
INTL 5560 US Foreign Policy
INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics
INTL 5800 Globalisation
INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics
INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics

Elective modules
In addition to the above courses, you will take three elective modules. These can be chosen from the Comparative Politics or International Politics clusters or from:
INTL 5500 Professional Seminars
INTL 5610 Non-Thesis Readings/Research
INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods

See module descriptions

Future start dates

9 January 2015

13 March 2015
May 2015
August 2015
October 2015

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Fees

Fees 2014/15
Full course fee (12 courses): £15,600
Registration fee: £420 (refundable)
Non-EU Advance deposit: £730 (refundable)

» How to pay

Academic

We require successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative grade point average or its equivalent (e.g. 2:2 degree).

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changes-to-english-language-certification-for-visa-applications--3

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014

 

For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 4 or above HL or SL.  English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of  90 (internet-based test) (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 61 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please check their website for current information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

Please complete an application form. You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, you should send us the following supporting documents; these can be sent to us via email/post/fax: 

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from the accredited university that awarded your Bachelor’s degree
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be academic. The second can be academic, professional or personal (although it cannot be from a family member or a peer)
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at admit@regents.ac.uk)
  • A CV outlining your professional experience
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the refundable registration fee
  • Pay the refundable non-EU advance tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

Please note, while there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the section titled ‘Studying in the United Kingdom’ on the UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa). 

Transfer of credits

Transfer applicants must complete their applications by submitting all of the supporting documentation listed above. If you wish to have transfer credit assessed, you should provide us with official university transcripts before your proposed start date.

Once we have received your complete application, and if you have been accepted for admission, we will advise you on the number of credits you will be able to transfer towards your degree.

Scholarships available

Regent's Progress Fund for Alumni

We are delighted when our Alumni decide to return to study on a postgraduate programme. To demonstrate our support for you as a progressing student and acknowledge your academic achievements to date, we are pleased to offer progression scholarships from September 2014 onwards.

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Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

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Study methods

You will be taught by internationally diverse academics and practitioners with vast experience in academia and outside it.

The programme puts strong emphasis on experiential learning, with outside activity complementing the work in class.

You will have opportunities to participate in conferences, take part in the Model United Nations, attend seminars given by high-profile figures in international politics, academia, human rights and the media, or even attend a humanitarian conference in Geneva.

We aim to help you acquire and develop analytical skills, the ability to research independently and work in groups.

You can also make use of all the resources that London has to offer. For example students, by an exclusive arrangement, are eligible for a substantial discount on membership to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, with its captivating meetings and rich academic resources. The British Library with its vast collection is also available to our students.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

 

Last updated: 27 October 2014

 

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Key information

Name
International Relations
Qualification
MA
Level
Postgraduate
Accreditation
US
UCAS Code
School
Regent's American College London
Mode
Full time
Length
12 - 14 months
Fees
£15,600 *
Scholarships
Yes
Next start date
9 January 2015 *
Study abroad
Yes
Validation
This degree is awarded by Webster University, St. Louis, USA

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

US accredited degree

What does this mean?

Endorsement

CMI


This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students on this programme are provided with access to CMI resources during their studies, and can apply for membership to the CMI on degree completion.
 

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03 Feb

Postgraduate open evening

Regent's is pleased to be hosting a Postgraduate Open Evening on Tuesday, 3 February 2015. The event will be a wonderful opportunity for you to find out more about postgraduate studies at Regent's.