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MA in International Relations and Global Governance

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Forge a career working
for international
organisations, governments
and global political
institutions."

Entry requirements

2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent).

This cutting-edge Masters programme broadens students' global perspectives on issues of governance and contemporary international relations.
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Study at a leading centre for research on contemporary Europe and international relations.
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Active membership of the Aston Centre for Europe, a thriving research hub which organises debates, study visits, and conferences and seminars on current international issues.
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Develop wide-ranging skills of critical analysis and approaches to the study of European integration and international relations.
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Aston is ranked 3rd in the UK for Area Studies research (REF 2014).
Duration: Full time 1 year. Part time 2 years.

Start date(s): October  

Distance learning available: No

Entry requirements:
2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent).

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Fees for 2018/19: 
UK/ EU: £6,500 
Non-EU: £14,400 
*Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees.  

Application: We recommend that overseas students apply before the end of June due to visa requirements as these can take a few weeks to process.

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This cutting-edge Masters programme, delivered over one full academic year, broadens students' global perspectives on issues of governance and contemporary international relations. Students can choose from a wide range of elective modules, such as International Ethics, International Security, Asia-Europe Relations: Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism, and Globalisation, Regionalism and Global Governance. Graduates of this programme forge careers working for international organisations, governments and global political institutions.
Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules

  • International Relations Theory (LPM006)
  • Globalisation, Regionalism, and Global Governance (LPM026)
  • Dissertation (LRM005)

Choice of options totalling 80 Aston credits. Note that not all options will be available in any given year due to periods of staff research leave.

  • The EU as a Global Actor (LPM020)
  • The EU: A Web of Institutions (LPM007)
  • Leaders and Leadership in a European and Global Context (LPM011)
  • Europe’s Regions and their Governance (LPM013)
  • Asia-Europe Relations:Between Interregionalism and Bilateralism (LPM014)
  • Religion and Politics (LPM015)
  • Security and Defence in Europe (LPM022)
  • International Political Communication (LPM023)
  • Concepts and strategies for social researchers (LPM003)
  • International Ethics and Literature (LPM027)
  • Transatlantic Relations in Historical Perspective:The US and Europe (LPM029)
  • International Security (LPM034)
  • Comparative and International Political Economy (LPM036)
  • EU Law and PolicyMaking (LPM037)
  • Concepts and Strategies for Qualitative Social Science (LPM038)
  • Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis (LPM039)
  • Rethinking European Integration (LPM040)
  • International Political Thought (LPM016)
  • 20 credit Module from the University Wide Language Programme
You will take part in interactive seminars, discussion and simulation exercises, as well as undertaking group project work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. MA students are a fundamental part of the intellectual life of the Politics and International Relations study group. All students on MA programmes take part in the regular series of guest lectures and research seminars on issues of contemporary political relevance as well as taking part in the conferences and events organised and hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe and by the study group.

All students have the opportunity to take part in a week long study trip to visit the EU institutions and related organisation in Brussels. 

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their studies; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies. Assessments on the MA programme take a wide variety of forms, ranging from essays and examinations through to policy reports, briefings and campaign portfolios.

Teaching Staff

Orthodoxy and the Cold War. Religion and Political Power in Romania, 1947-65

All of our MA Programmes equip students with the knowledge and analytical and transferable skills to pursue further postgraduate research or a successful career in the public and private sector. The careers pursued by our students vary greatly, but typical careers include:

  • employment in international organisations (EU, WTO, UN etc.),
  • research in policy-oriented domestic or international think tanks,
  • careers in government administration,
  • further postgraduate research at PhD level,
  • journalism,
  • international marketing or business.
You will have access to:
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.
A complete list of Politics and International Relations staff can be found HERE.


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