This course gives you a grounding in the approaches to understanding contemporary international society. It provides the expertise for a range of careers where you need an advanced understanding of contemporary international society. It covers international dynamics through a range of theoretical, empirical and area-based approaches relevant in the workplace.
As a student on this course you develop:
- advanced knowledge and understanding of areas such as international relations theory and international studies topics
- knowledge of the more important approaches and methods in social science research and the techniques required to carry out advanced research
- theoretical and practical research skills, including the synthesis of materials from a variety of primary and secondary sources
You develop the specialist knowledge and research skills through rigorous training in international relations theory and in theories and approaches to the study of politics. This enables you to embark on a career with significant international dimensions or pursue a postgraduate research degree in international studies.
We have a student-run Politics Postgraduate Society which brings together MA and PhD students to organise academic and social events. The Society runs
- professional development seminars, led by academic staff
- seminars delivered by fellow postgraduates
- round-table discussions with staff and visitors
- the 'New Voices' seminar series, for exciting young external speakers
- a weekly film night during term time
Key staff include Professor Hartmut Behr.
Teaching takes place on Newcastle University's city centre campus. Small group seminars, of no more than 15 students, create a highly positive and intimate learning environment.
You can include a work placement in your studies through the Career Development module.
You will enjoy the benefit of most teaching taking place in the Politics building. This space includes a dedicated postgraduate computer room and a postgraduate common room. It is ideally located next door to the Philip Robinson library.
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Modules for 2017 entry
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Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take a further 80 credits from the following:
- POL8003 Integration in Europe
- POL8005 Theories and Theorists of International Political Economy
- POL8018 The State in the International Political Economy
- POL8020 American Foreign Policy
- POL8029 The Politics of Global Change
- POL8036 The European Union as an International Actor
- POL8038 Doing Political Research
- POL8039 Global Justice and Human Rights
- POL8040 War, Terrorism and Peace: Ethical Perspectives
- POL8043 Globalisation, Poverty and Development
- POL8044 Critical Geopolitics
- POL8048 World Politics and Popular Culture
- POL8051 Ethics in IR
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in international studies/politics or a related discipline is preferred.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.