Typical Course Length
The global challenges of the twenty first century place important demands on students of international politics. Not only do we need to understand the ongoing changes in the nature of war and conflict, but we are also today faced with important transformations in global power relations, international flows of goods, people and diseases and, indeed, shifts in the nature of political communities on the globe. Whatever your background, whether in international politics or another discipline, this flagship MA programme provides you with the necessary tools to tackle these shifting landscapes. With a wide range of modules and departmental expertise at your disposal, the scheme will expose you to envisioning new, different, better ways forward in our efforts to cope with the challenging political, military, social, economic and environmental contexts we live in today.
Why study MA International Politics at Aberystwyth University?
• Opportunity to study at the world’s first university department of International Politics
• Our Department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation (QS, 2017)
• Opportunity to specialise in many different pathways such as security studies, postcolonial politics, theory/critical theory, and intelligence and strategic studies.
• Opportunity to integrate into the research culture of a department at the forefront of understanding and tackling the challenges of ‘how we might live’ in the 21st century.
• Opportunity to study in a challenging and highly stimulating intellectual environment and to engage with the most pressing and thought-provoking issues and topics in international politics.
• 76% of the Department’s publications were deemed either world leading or internationally excellent, making the Department the best in Wales and 7th in the UK - REF 2014
• The Department has over thirty academic and research staff, all of whom are research-active.
• The Department hosts a wide variety of academic events which postgraduate students are encouraged to attend, including guest lectures by leading experts and academics, round table discussions about past, present, and future international issues, and the weekly Departmental research seminars.
Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.
During the first two semesters you will normally take one two-hour seminar per module per week. You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance in departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your master’s dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.
Assessment will be through a combination of essays, project work, short reports, book reviews and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.
Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test. Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.
Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.
Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Critical Security Studies: Contemporary Theories
- Intelligence, Security and International Politics 1900-45
- The EU in Crisis? Integration and Fragmentation
- The State Through the Ages *
- Understanding Wales in an Age of Global Transformation *
- Emerging Powers and the Global Order
- Feminist Approaches to Security
- Power and Postwar Reconstruction: a Critical Approach
- Thoughts of War: Strategic Theory & Thinkers (S)
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Teaching & Learning
How will I be taught?
During the first two semesters (September to May), you will normally take one two-hour seminar per module per week. You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance at departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned dissertation supervisor.
What will I learn?
Students will undertake a core module, simply entitled International Politics, which will provide an advanced Masters level introduction to the challenges of thinking and practicing international politics today, covering the tools, concepts and perspectives in International Politics. In addition to the core module students then pursue their own interests by choosing two modules from a ‘basket’ of options and three optional modules (including up to 20 credits from outside the Department). Basket and optional modules cover a wide range of themes and students interested in specific thematics will find distinct routes amongst the ‘basket’ and optional modules to build a schedule of study to satisfy their interests and career needs.