This course examines the changing dynamics of contemporary international relations in the context of the politics of the forces shaping and being shaped by popular culture. It focuses on key theories, policies, and events in world politics, in relation to both traditional and new media.
As a student on this course you learn to think critically about:
- how world politics is reflected or reproduced in popular culture
- how the politics of popular culture shapes the dynamics of world politics
- approaches and methods in social science and in cultural studies research
You develop the skills to:
- identify, analyse, evaluate and interpret the principal source materials for world politics and popular culture
- plan, carry out and communicate original research
This specialist knowledge and skills equip you for careers in government agencies, business, the media and other areas where an advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary world politics and popular culture is needed.
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 Dr Matt Davies.
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.
The course comprises compulsory modules, optional politics modules and a dissertation. The compulsory module is co-taught via videolink with students from York University (Toronto). Your remaining modules in popular culture are chosen from the wide range of modules available across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, including modules in arts, music, film, literature and media studies.
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 with the Peter Robinson Library next door. This space includes a dedicated postgraduate computer room and a postgraduate common room
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Modules for 2017 entry
- POL8041 Thinking About Global Politics
- POL8048 World Politics and Popular Culture
- POL8099 Dissertation
You will take optional modules to a value of 80 credits from the following:
- POL8003 Integration in Europe
- POL8005 Theories and Theorists of International Political Economy
- POL8006 Theories of International Relations
- POL8018 The State in the International Political Economy
- POL8020 American Foreign Policy
- 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
- POL8051 Ethics in IR
- POL8029 The Politics of Global Change
You may take further optional modules to a value of 40 credits in topics related to culture, media studies, film studies or digital media from a list of approved modules.
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.
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 and 2019 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
- a related subject
We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have relevant professional experience.
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- 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.