Each of our intensive Master’s courses is designed to be completed full-time within twelve months (with the exception of MScEcon Welsh Politics and Society which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis). All programmes are divided into Part One (coursework and exams) and Part Two (dissertation); the dissertation is completed from June to the end of September (following the completion of the taught component of the course). The method of teaching in all the programmes is by seminars. Although Master’s students may attend lectures on undergraduate modules if they wish, the Master’s programmes are completely independent from our undergraduate programmes. Our Master’s courses are suitable for students who want to develop an advanced understanding of International Relations or who wish to convert from related disciplines.

Taught Master’s programmes are offered by the Department through two pathways, a Specialist (S) and a research training/preparation (RT or RP) pathway. The Specialist pathway is the traditional Master’s degree which offers the opportunity to specialise on a particular area of the discipline. The Research Training/Preparation pathway is designed to emphasise social science research training as well as specialist provision, and is likely to be of most interest to students who have already studied extensively in that particular subject area and who are planning to undertake a PhD following the completion of their Master’s course.

Our admissions team can provide applicants with guidance on the relative merits of each pathway according to their specific needs.
MA Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
12 month Duration

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