What Will You Study
The MA in International Relations is a broad programme that sets out to help you understand contemporary global politics from a variety of theoretical, conceptual and practical perspectives.
The programme offers you a range of courses that encompasses regional/area based analysis of security, politics, social and economics through to courses that explore specific themes and issues in global politics. You will take five taught modules each assessed by a 5,000 word essay. The programme culminates in the writing of a 20,000-word dissertation in a subject area of your own choosing.
The MA sets out to prepare you for work in a range of organisations from business, to government, to non-governmental organisations. It also provides a firm foundation for those looking to pursue academic careers.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
- Theory and Methods in Postgraduate Studies
- Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations
- Dissertation (Standard)
- Globalisation: Its Meanings, Causes and Consequences
- Independent Study Module
- Public Policy
- Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts
- Theorising Security and War
- Theory and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
- Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
- Politics and International Relations of the Middle East
- Globalisation and Democratisation
- Conflict, Culture and Toleration
- Sources of Indian Religion and Philosophy
- Studying Religion
Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant background.
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: International Qualifications
Relevant professional qualifications and experience will also be considered, please contact us for further information.
English Language: IELTS - Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 5.5
We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes
Pre-sessional English language programmes available:
4 Week Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5
10 Week Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0
Longer pre-sessional programmes are available, please contact the Admissions Office for further information
Further information: For more information please see our website
- Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies : MA
- Conflict, Development and Security : MA
- Diplomacy and Foreign Policy : MA
- Diplomacy and International Law : LLM/MA
- Diplomacy and International Law (Distance Learning) : LLM
- Diplomacy and International Law (Distance Learning) : MA
- Diplomacy and International Relations (by Distance Learning) : MA
- Diplomacy and Religion : MA
- International Relations : MRes
- International Relations : PhD
- Philosophy : MA
- Philosophy : MPhil/PhD
- Philosophy : PgCert
- Philosophy and Religion : MA
- Political Theology for Peace (Distance) : PGCert of Achievement
- Politics : MA
- Politics : PhD
- Politics and International Relations : PgCert
- Politics and Philosophy : MA
- Politics, Philosophy and Management : MSc
- Politics, Philosophy and Religion : MA
- Quaker Studies (distance learning) : PgCert
- Quakerism in the Modern World (distance learning) : MA
- Religion and Conflict : MA
- Religious Studies : MA
- Religious Studies : MPhil/PhD
- Religious Studies : PgCert
- Religious Studies (Distance Learning) : PgCert
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The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.
What are tuition fees for?
Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.
The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.
How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?
Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.
What support is available towards tuition fees?
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.