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University of Hertfordshire: International Relations with Advanced Research

Institution University of Hertfordshire
Department Business
Telephone 01707 284800
Study type Taught


The MA International Relations (with Advanced Research) course provides students with a contemporary, critical, and exciting insight into the vagaries of global politics. Students will study a range of modules, taught by research active staff who are experts in their fields. The modules are assessed through a variety of both traditional, such as essays, presentations, critical reviews, and non-traditional, such as podcasts, blogs, simulations, assignments, which aim to assess and develop not only discipline-related knowledge but also transferable, soft skills necessary for future employment. Students will also complete a 12,000-word research dissertation on a topic of their choice. Whether it is the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, the energy crisis, or the war in Ukraine, international relations has never been more relevant.

This Advanced Research award provides students with opportunity to further hone and advance their personal research, analysis, and communication skills. Students will complete the extended dissertation project on a topic of their choice. The extended dissertation combines a 12,000-word research project and a 10-minute conference style presentation. This helps prepare students for conducting independent research as well as communicating that research in a professional setting. This degree is aimed at applicants who wish to find employment in careers that require advanced research and communication skills, such as government departments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, marketing, journalism, or those wishing to proceed to postgraduate research.

Pathway Options

MA Journalism & Media and Communications - one year MA Journalism and Media Communications (with Advanced Research) - two year MA Journalism and Media Communications with Placement Year - two year MA Journalism and Media Communications (Sandwich) - Semester B

Why choose this course?

Innovative curriculum: Modules are varied with contemporary relevance to current developments in international relations. These modules provide students with a critical insight into the realities and workings of the international political system. Geographic location: The University of Hertfordshire campus is situated within a 20-minute train ride to and from London. London is a global hub for political activity, our excellent location allows students to benefit from opportunities provided in the capital. Flexibility and skills: The range of study routes and entry points available allow students to develop core transferable skills and to tailor studies to meet individual needs and career aspirations. Research-led teaching: Students benefit from extensive in-class contact with expert research-active staff. Diverse cohort: Learn alongside an internationally diverse group of students in a department with extensive experience teaching both home and international students.


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