Teaching and assessment
This course will develop your ability to analyse complex situations, as well as your teamwork skills. You will discuss and challenge specific approaches in groups, and will be part of a diverse international body of students with different perspectives on world events.
You will be encouraged to explore and debate different interpretations, to gain a broad and nuanced understanding of international relations. You will study in an open atmosphere in which varying perspectives are considered.
We place a strong emphasis on learning through experience, with scheduled trips, and discounted memberships to prominent international affairs organisations. Our teaching staff are also available to any students who wish to discuss issues further.
Contact hours and expected workload
You'll receive 12 hours of contact time per week in the first term, and 14 in the second. These will take the form of lectures and seminars. You will be encouraged to undertake independent research and study, by working on individual and group presentations, essays, policy papers, and reports. You will also have the opportunity to attend seminars and conferences outside the University and learn more about the international relations community via memberships with organisations such as Chatham House.
Our teaching staff have extensive experience in various fields, from advising governments and the European Union to chairing committees, consulting, researching and contributing to media organisations. The programme also features a number of guest lecturers, and hosts events with prominent speakers such as former ambassadors and foreign ministers.
Our core teaching team is:
Methods of assessment
You will be assessed based on:
- Individual and group presentations
- Reflection papers
- Research proposals
A final dissertation of up to 10,000 words will enable you to explore a subject with more rigour and depth.
We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.
Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you throughout your studies. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.