International Relations and World Order

MA, PGDip, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to increase your knowledge and understanding of international relations focusing on developments since the end of the Cold War.

Course Description

This degree will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of contemporary international relations. By taking this course you will have the opportunity to study a range of international issues, and to investigate whether international relations in the post-Cold War period have been founded upon a Western model of 'World Order'.

The course will introduce you to differing concepts of order in the post-Cold War world. It will enable you to think critically about the nature of international relations: about the extent to which Western interests, institutions and culture dominate the world system and the challenges and responses generated by that dominance. The course focuses on both theoretical and empirical approaches to this subject.

You will complete one core module which will critically examine the means by which the West maintains its concept of 'Order'. You can then choose three option modules, which, along with your dissertation, allow you to specialise in areas that interest you or complement your professional goals.

As well as equipping you with a detailed understanding of contemporary international relations this degree will develop your ability to think both analytically and critically and to produce reasoned arguments encompassing your increased knowledge and understanding of the issues. It will also develop your practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, verbal and written communication, and presenting and planning.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Politics and International Relations
Admissions enquiries

Postgraduate Office, Department of Politics and International Relations
+44 (0)116 252 2714

Department of Politics and International Relations website

Why Leicester?

Our staff play leading roles in cutting-edge global research networks, actively advising and engaging with global policy communities, civil society, the media and public.

We conduct a range of specialist research, organised through three research clusters: Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies; Parties, Participation and Public Opinion; and Global Ethics and Political Theory.

We host an exciting range of events, including research seminars with world-renowned speakers, ESRC sponsored seminar series and international conferences.

Our wide range of option modules provides you with the flexibility to tailor your course around your interests, and with the skills and knowledge to move into a variety of careers.

Course Structure

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by seminars. Throughout the programme, you will have access to a comprehensively resourced library and an established student support system. Each module lasts for one semester (12 weeks) and normally involves two hours of teaching per week. If you are studying full-time, you will complete four modules by the end of the second semester and, if you are progressing to the MA, you will submit your dissertation by the end of September.

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, seminar papers and (if you are completing the MA) your dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or its equivalent in politics, history, international relations or other related subjects.

Equivalent relevant professional experience may be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees for 2015

  • Starting in 2015

    • £5,470
  • Starting in 2015

    • £13,500

Career Opportunities

Our postgraduate degrees are an excellent way to enhance your expertise and career prospects and provide a foundation for a wide range of career options. You may seek to use your knowledge to work in government service, international organisations or areas of political research and journalism. Or you may opt to look for employment in fields such as banking, business or teaching where your MA will be respected as a postgraduate qualification.

You may also want to consider further research after you graduate. Political Research graduates specialising in politics research find that the research skills the degree fosters are invaluable. They now occupy posts as lecturers, as research associates and as research assistants.

Students taking postgraduate degrees offered by the Department have gone into careers in the civil service, business, the law, the police, banking, journalism, management consultancy, librarianship and teaching. Others have gone on to doctoral research.


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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
International Relations and World Order MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
International Relations and World Order MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
International Relations and World Order
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
International Relations and World Order
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year

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