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Goldsmiths, University of London: International Relations

Institution Goldsmiths, University of London View institution profile
Department Politics and International Relations
Study type Taught


The MA International Relations deals with the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century from a critical perspective.

On this International Relations degree, you will engage with critical approaches to understanding contemporary world politics, focusing on human rights, mobility, justice, conflict, race, and technology.

Ask the right questions - How do people at the margins struggle over human rights? How are dominant concepts such as the nation-state and democracy challenged by competing categories such as the caliphate, or the Chinese ‘civilization-state’? How do post-conflict societies deal with their difficult pasts through processes of justice, truth-telling, and memorialization? How does global migration push us to rethink ‘the international’? How do movements such as Black Lives Matter foreground the legacies of Empire and with what effects?

  • This programme will allow you to explore International Relations starting from the assumption that the West is no longer the centre of world politics, and to take new political imaginaries into account. Instead of replicating Eurocentric representations of international politics, the programme offers critical approaches to 'the international’ and challenges the boundaries between politics, culture, religion, and economy.

Study with experts - You will study in small groups, supported by lecturers and tutors pushing the boundaries of International Relations. You will be introduced to innovative approaches to the subject, and an unusually wide range of area expertise, including on Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

  • The programme will also allow you to tailor your degree to your needs and interests by choosing from a wide range of option modules. These can include modules about human rights, gender, resistance, justice, the political economy of the Anthropocene, conflict, and migration, among others.

  • Throughout your studies, you will gain analytical skills essential for further study at PhD level. These will also be invaluable should you wish to work in fields like journalism, government, diplomacy, or in NGOs, international organisations, and think tanks. You will have opportunities to learn from practice and to undertake real-world work experience as part of your degree. The MA International Relations will enable you to build research and employability skills, while you debate the urgent questions in world politics.


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