Postgraduate programmes

MA International Relations

MA

Explore the complex and nuanced world of international negotiation and diplomacy.

Year
Full Time
Scholarship
  • NameMA International Relations
  • QualificationMA
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration12 months
  • Tuition fees£18,500 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start dateSeptember 2019
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationRegent's University London
  • *For more information please refer to the fees and financial support sections below.

What can we learn from the history of world affairs? This rigorous exploration of international relations will help you develop vital skills such as critical thinking and the complex art of negotiation.

Our MA programme will investigate how international politics has shaped modern history. Through a combination of theory and practice, you will analyse and discuss major aspects of world affairs such as:

  • War and diplomacy
  • International law
  • Globalisation
  • Negotiation
  • Revolutions
  • Climate change
  • Regional issues
  • Migration

During this programme you will:

  • Consider and debate contemporary and historical international issues
  • Improve your writing, argumentation, and debating skills
  • Develop critical and complex thinking
  • Explore regional issues in world affairs and the main aspects of disputes and cooperation in world politics
  • Explore the connection between politics and international political economics
  • Learn about the importance and application of international law
  • Practice the methodology of in-depth research
  • Master the art of negotiation
  • Understand the theoretical aspects of complex international issues
  • Understand and apply theoretical frameworks to real-life examples

By participating in discussions, debates and simulations, you will be encouraged to observe root causes, and analyse phenomena that shape our world.

Regent's is a truly international University located in the centre of one of the world's most prominent cities. You will receive membership to the Royal Institute of International Affairs and Chatham House. You will meet diverse speakers and participants who are professionals in the field of international relations, including diplomats, NGOs, government officials, academics and journalists. In past years, we have also arranged conferences on campus, with speakers such as former foreign ministers, as well as visits to parliament and outside events.

Our academics have consulted for governments across the world and contributed valuable research in global issues and policies. Their expertise will help you develop practical and analytical skills that will prepare you for work in a variety of capacities including politics, finance, banking, media, law and economics.

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This is a one year, full time programme.


Modules

Core Modules:

  • International Law
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Research Methods in International Relations
  • Dissertation

Elective Modules:

  • Foreign Policy and Negotiation
  • Human Rights
  • International Security
  • The State and Sovereignty

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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.

Teaching staff

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.

Programme director Yossi Mekelberg is a Professor of International Relations at Regent’s, a Senior Consulting Research Fellow of the MENA Programme at Chatham House. He is also a weekly columnist in the Arab News newspaper and appears regularly in international media, and has participated in many track two negotiations. He also advises many governments and international organisations. Yossi is also member of HRW London Committee and the Global Advisory Board of Seeds of Peace. He is currently leading a project called "Israel/Palestine: Beyond the Stalemate" at Chatham House.


Our core teaching team is:

  • Dr Neven Andjelic
  • Dr Mireille Hebing
  • Dr Orit Gal
  • Dr Tom Villis
  • Dr Marius Callu
  • Dr Ernesto Gallo

Methods of assessment

You will be assessed based on:

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Reflection papers
  • Reports
  • Research proposals

A final dissertation of up to 10,000 words will enable you to explore a subject with more rigour and depth.

Disability Support

​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

This programme will give a strong awareness of different perspectives in global politics, as well as competent research abilities, and writing and presentation skills.

Alumni have progressed to roles in:

  • Diplomacy
  • Economics
  • International business
  • Law
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Political science

The skills you will learn on this programme are also highly valued beyond the world of international relations, in diverse fields such as finance and media.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted. 

English requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in all 4 component parts
  • Pearson’s Test for English (PTE): Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact admit@regents.ac.uk. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to admit@regents.ac.uk.

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 500-700 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

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

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Tuition fee – 12 months’ tuition

Starting September 2019: £18,500

Non EU Advance Deposit (non-refundable)

£4,000

Home/EU deposit (non-refundable)

£1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources.

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?  

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing.

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for the full programme of study
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

 

 

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Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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Regent’s University London has a long-standing tradition of welcoming talented students from all over India. Our students from this region have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have graduated from Regent’s fully equipped to join a large multinational, start their own company or join the family business. Regent’s is therefore pleased to offer five postgraduate scholarships specifically for students of Indian nationality, each worth £3,000.

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