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MA International Relations


Program posted by: Anglia Ruskin University

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Program description

This one-year grad program is designed for people who want to understand and analyse the big decisions that are made in the world and be able to formulate your own strategies for dealing with complex international scenarios.

It focuses on the real-world application of international relations theory to policy and strategy and has a strong vocational emphasis on how theory affects and is affected by events on the ground. External lecturers will be a regular feature of this degree and the program at Anglia Ruskin is unusual in its emphasis on engaging with practitioners outside of the university: students are actively encouraged to attend external workshops and lectures in Cambridge and London given by current practitioners in the field.

Program features:

  • teaching by lecturers with a background/expertise in: international strategic planning and security, defence analysis, UN training, conflict communications, new media and risk analysis
  • cutting-edge lectures and seminars from prestigious guest speakers, practitioners and diplomats
  • opportunities to visit a wide range of organisations (which may include UN seminars, EU, UK government bodies, think tanks and media agencies)
  • support in arranging internships and placements
  • starting from 2014/15 the opportunity of studying in Paris for a semester with international diplomats and strategists.

In addition to studying the historical and theoretical background of international relations you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics and themes including: policing and security, corruption and cross-border crime; terrorism and terrorist activity; insurgency and asymmetric wars; communication in conflict zones and in peacekeeping; war reporting and propaganda; the impact of the new media, 24/7 reporting and the CNN effect; US democracy promotion; unilateral and multilateral military intervention in contemporary international relations and global politics; the politics of resources and sustainability; strategic planning, and economic and global health issues.

The emphasis is on decision-making, planning and debate, and you will be encouraged to participate in interactive sessions, respond to specific scenarios, write to briefs and undertake critical analysis. You will also have opportunities to develop or enhance research methods skills.

How to participate

You will need a good first degree and/or relevant professional experience.