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Postgraduate Certificate in Politics and International Relations, Philosophy and Religious Studies

These are usually made up of a core module from each discipline and two optional modules. These can be undertaken as a stand alone qualification, where students can focus on a particular topic area or can be converted to the relevant MA programme.

Core Modules

  • PPR400: Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies
  • PPR410: Major Approaches to International Relations
  • PPR450: What is Philosophy? Methods, Aims, Debates
  • PPR470: Studying Religion

Elective Modules

Please note that the availability of elective modules varies from year to year. For currently available modules, please check the course handbook.

Politics and International Relations

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR411: Approaches to Peace Studies
  • PPR412: International Organisation and Foreign Policy
  • PPR413: Globalisation, the State & Democracy in the Third World
  • PPR414: US Foreign Policy
  • PPR415: International Political Economy and the 'Digital Age'
  • PPR416: States, Markets and Globalisation
  • PPR417: The European Union
  • PPR418: Politics & International Relations of the Middle East
  • PPR419: Conflict Transformation and Resolution
  • PPR420: Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts
  • PPR421: Comparative Defence Policy
  • PPR422: Security and Modernity
  • PPR423: Globalisation: Its Meanings, Causes and Consequences
  • PPR424: Conflict, International Intervention & Global Governance
  • PPR425: Theorising Security and War
  • PPR426: Political Theory and Modernity: Order, Value, and Critique
  • PPR427: Politics and Policymaking in the UK
  • PPR428: Gender, War and Security in International Relations
  • PPR429: Politics and Policy-Making in Liberal Democracy
  • PPR430: Theories and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR431: Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR433: Social Capital: Making Democracy Work
  • PPR434: Diasporas and Minorities of the Middle East
  • PPR435: International Relations and Politics of South Asia


  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR451: Philosophy of Mind and Psychology
  • PPR452: Doing Contemporary Philosophy
  • PPR454: Foundations of Bioethics
  • PPR455: Children and Health
  • PPR456: Paternalism, Autonomy and Consent
  • PPR457: Social and Ethical Issues in Human Genetics
  • PPR458: Public Health and Ethical and Legal Issues
  • PPR459: Ethics and Governance
  • PPR460: Issues in Environmental Philosophy
  • PPR461: Existentialism
  • PPR462: Issues in Philosophy of Science
  • PPR463: Issues in Practical Philosophy

Religious Studies

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR471: Religion, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
  • PPR472: Spirit Possession in Contemporary Social Contexts
  • PPR473: Nineteenth-Century Religious Thought
  • PPR474: Twentieth-Century Religious Thought
  • PPR475: Construction of Gender in Asian Religions
  • PPR476: Classical Islam
  • PPR477: Religion and Psychoanalytic Thought
  • PPR478: Buddhism: State and Society
  • PPR479: Spirituality: Asian Perspectives
  • PPR480: Secularity/Sacrality
  • PPR481: The Qur'an: Hermeneutics and Gender Politics
  • PPR482: Contemporary Issues in South Asian Religions
  • PPR484: Pilgrimage
  • PPR485: World Christianity: Local Issues and Global Processes
  • PPR486: Interrogating Political and Religious Spaces



Funding Opportunities

MA Bursaries of £1000 each now available for 2015 entry.

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