Postgraduate Studies in London - MA International Relations

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The MA in International Relations is dually accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and validated by The Open University.

The aim of the Master of Arts degree in International Relations at Richmond University is to equip students with in-depth knowledge of the discipline of international relations, key analytical and research skills, together with an opportunity to gain practical experience through an optional internship.

We offer a rigorous curriculum encompassing theoretical and practical developments in the dynamic field of global politics, set in the vibrant context of cosmopolitan London, in an international classroom, which gives graduates distinct advantages in developing vital inter-personal and intercultural communication skills. The programme examines a range of theories and approaches to international relations, questions of international political economy, and offers courses on international diplomatic practice, international law and institutions, studies of specific regions, international migration, media, and many others. The core courses on this programme aim to deconstruct conventional views of post-Cold War and post-9/11 international politics by advancing an interdisciplinary understanding of global politics and employing critical narratives and tools across the sub-disciplines of IR, geared towards innovative interpretations of central questions in the discipline – such as conflict, security, development, agents, structures, power and influence. The MA in International Relations prepares students for further graduate study in the discipline or for careers in the fascinating world of local, national, regional, and international politics, in governmental and non-governmental organisations. Students can choose electives from a variety of courses that are shared with the two other Master’s programmes – the MA in International Conflict and Security and the MA in International Development. This approach best reflects the interdisciplinary nature of international relations and provides students with an opportunity to explore a field of interest in greater depth.

Programme Goals

The degree can lead to eventual careers in roles that require articulate, clear thinking individuals with a grasp of contemporary events, including government, international organisations, business, finance and the media. The background of the MA faculty will enable students to develop an appreciation of the nuance in international relations, which, combined with the internship, will help prepare students for further graduate study or careers in related fields.

Successful students will be able to:

  • Articulate the various debates within the IR discipline (historical, philosophical, cultural and economic) and comprehend how different theories may or may not be integrated.
  • Demonstrate a clear appreciation of the intrinsic relationship between foreign and domestic politics.
  • Discern the background to international issues of the day.
  • Demonstrate an ideological sophistication by challenging accepted orthodoxy on the basis of new or re-interpreted evidence or new conceptual approaches.
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of foreign policy processes and diplomacy.

Internships taken by the International Relations Cohort 2011:


  • Women to Women Think Tank, London
  • United States’ Institute for Peace, Washington DC
  • Congressional Offices, Washington DC
  • Czech Mission to the UN, New York
  • House of Commons, London
  • Private company via CRCC Asia, Beijing
  • US Department of Commerce, Sydney Australia
  • UN, London
  • Global Policy Institute London
  • TechHub, London
  • Israeli Embassy, London

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