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About the course
International Relations presents policy-makers and scholars with a wide range of issues that require analysis and evaluation. Students graduating with a Master’s degree in International Relations will be equipped to understand and interpret these issues more deeply and to think creatively about the challenges facing the world in the 21st Century.
Students on this course will benifit from:
- Research-led teaching: courses on the International Relations MA are designed and taught by international renowned researchers in International Relations, Contemporary History, and Law.
- The department hosts an active guest lecture series featuring leading scholars and thinkers in the area of International Relations, Politics, and History.
- The option of 6-12 weeks professional practice: the opportunity to experience professional work-based activity in an organisation with an international dimension to its mission.
- Students takings the Brunel MA in International Relations will have the opportunity to become members of the leading British think-tank, Chatham House.
- The Brunel MA in International Relations will develop your knowledge of this evolving discipline and will provide you with the opportunity to study topics across its key sub-fields.
Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)
The MA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
Evolution of International Relations
Choose at least one of the following:
International Political Economy
China and Contemporary Geopolitics
The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001
Middle East Security
Democracy and Intervention
Imperialism and Culture
The Migrant and the Law
Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Graduates of the MA International Relations at Brunel will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of organisations including government, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, business, research institutes and security.
A number of masters’ students have also elected to pursue further study at doctoral level.
The option of 6-12 weeks professional practice,
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry criteria 2019/20
A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a social science or related subject. Applicants with a 2:2 in a non-related subject in which essays are not a core mode of assessment (e.g. maths, natural sciences) will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a non related discipline who have some relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies by essay, dissertation and examination.
A Master’s degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard.
- Modules are designed and taught by world-renowned experts in politics, international relations, public policy and contemporary history.
- The department has a distinctive concentration of expertise in the history of modern political thought.
- Includes the option of 6-12 weeks professional practice: the opportunity for you to experience professional work-based activity in an organisation with an international dimension to its mission.
- We have close links with government, industry, and international organisations, with guest lectures from key political, intelligence, and business figures, as well as placement opportunities in some courses.
- Academic staff are dedicated to furthering knowledge in their particular fields.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£8,000 full-time; £4,000 part-time
£16,850 full-time; £8,425 part-time
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.