University of Glasgow: International Relations MSc (University of Glasgow-Nankai University Joint Graduate School)

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Department School of Social and Political Sciences View department profile
Study type Taught


The MSc in International Relations provides a rigorous grounding in the study of international relations, politics, and development. It will equip you with the knowledge of methodologies appropriate to such study.

**Why This Programme**

The University of Glasgow and Nankai University have been working together on research and teaching collaborations since 2008.

Our two great universities have long-standing research collaborations in the social sciences, and growing links in disciplines from chemistry through museum studies to urban studies and business. An exchange programme allows our students to spend time at Glasgow and Nankai to further deepen our links.

Our research links are further strengthened by our Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow, launched in October 2011 in partnership with Nankai and the Chinese Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).

In 2014, the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow joined with Nankai University to form a Collaborative Innovation Centre for Chinese Economy. The same year the Joint Graduate School was established to provide opportunities for students to study jointly-delivered Postgraduate programmes in China.

Drawing on a range of different disciplinary approaches – from Political Science, International Relations, Area Studies, and Economic and Social History – the MSc in International Relations will survey the major contemporary challenges in world politics. In particular, it will focus on relations between state and non-state actors in the context of a globalized and interdependent world.

The programme will also provide research training that will encompass both research skills and methodologies.

The programme will conclude with a dissertation. This focused piece of work will permit you to develop your own ideas and demonstrate your capacity for original thought; while also building on the themes and issues covered in the full range of courses.

The programme provides you with:
- a comprehensive programme of study reflecting a broad picture of global politics in the 21st century.

- opportunities to reflect on theoretical and conceptual approaches to global politics

- knowledge of a range of relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of world politics derived from the social sciences and humanities.

**Programme structure**
The degree programme is delivered over two years of full-time study and courses are delivered by both Universities.

**Possible Nankai University delivered courses may include:**
- Challenges in International Politics

- China's Foreign Policy

- Institutions and Policies of the EU

- International Political Economy

- US Foreign Policy

- International Conflict and Negotiation

- International Organization

- International Law.

**Possible University of Glasgow delivered courses may include:**
- International Relations Theory

- Challenges in International Politics

- Globalization in the Modern Economy

- Comparative European Politics

- Russian Foreign Policy

- EU in International Politics and Development

- The Geopolitics of Central Europe

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. For more information, please see: Student contract.

**Career prospects**
Career opportunities include positions in higher education, government/foreign ministry, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, think tanks; and further study at PhD level.


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The University of Glasgow’s School of Social & Political Sciences links core social science disciplines to deliver high-quality teaching and cutting-edge research. We offer a wide variety of programmes for those interested in the development and impact of economies and societies globally.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Social & Political Sciences is committed to nurturing the people who make it happen.

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