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International Relations MA

Coventry University
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree

Start dates
January 2023

September 2023

January 2024

September 2024
Coventry University

About this program

International Relations MA

If you are interested in pursuing an international career in government, public administration, diplomacy, policy formation or research, this course will help you to examine and interpret issues and challenges facing our increasingly interconnected world.

Covering themes as varied as globalisation, international law, international trade, diplomacy, war and peace, it is designed to build on the strengths and expertise that the School of Humanities has in the field of international politics and security. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on theories and practice from political science, history, sociology, economics and cultural studies, among others.

Admission requirements

UK students

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

International students

  • Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.
  • This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Critical Thinking
  • Diplomacy and the International System
  • Resilience in the International System
  • Applied International Relations Theory

Semester 2

  • Threats to Global Secruity
  • Governance for Security in the Developing World
  • International Security Praxis
  • Changing Character of War and Terrorism

Semester 3

  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Dissertation in the Humanities and Social Science

Program delivery

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
  • Up to 2 years full-time (with professional experience)


  • UK students : £10,400 per year.
  • International students : £16,600 per year.


On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The nature of the international system and its development over time.
  • How international relations adapt to different political environments.
  • The conduct of international relations, as practised by key institutions and actors.
  • Differing approaches to, and prominent issues of debate within, the study of international relations.
  • How the boundaries of the subject matter are advanced through research by being at the forefront of the discipline.
  • The principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Locate and critically review a range of information sources, to gather and marshal relevant evidence successfully.
  • Apply knowledge of the dynamics of international relations in a wide range of situations and organisations.
  • Show awareness of, and sensitivity to, differing international environments and the impact these have on political, economic and social actors.
  • Apply advanced research skills, identify appropriate sources and methods, take personal responsibility and demonstrate initiative in dealing with complex and unpredictable environments.
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and evaluative skills to construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments.
  • Exhibit advanced problem-solving skills, tackling complex issues both independently and as part of a team, identifying appropriate solutions in a systematic, creative and constructive manner.

Career paths

The course prepares you for roles such as public administration within a Foreign Service or other government department, international civil service (such as the United Nations or European Union), international agencies and non-governmental organisations, as well as multinational corporations, the international media, teaching and research.

About this institute

Coventry University

Coventry University is a forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a high-quality education provider and a focus on applied research. The students of Coventry University's students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in all academic disciplines including health,...

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Contact info

Coventry University

Priory St
CV1 5FB Coventry


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