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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


International Relations (IR) is a fast growing academic discipline, reflecting the speed and complexity with which the 21st century world is changing. It is no longer a question of thinking at local, national or regional level – instead we need a proper international approach to understand the contemporary world.

This MA course engages students in central debates and issues in International Relations and provides them with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to better understand the world and international system in which we live and how it affects our states and societies. This course is designed to enable students to analyse key events in the international system, both historical and contemporary, and interpret them using theoretical ideas and key concepts to appreciate the development and trajectory of world relations between and within states.

The study of International Relations has traditionally focused on the role of the nation state. While this will be a core aspect of the MA, the programme will go beyond this to examine international relations from a broader perspective. It will take into account the role of other organisations, such as the UN or EU, and also international NGOs. It will also include an examination of aspects of international society such as the globalisation of media and the role of gender. The aim is to allow students to engage with International Relations both from traditional perspectives and from alternative views and visions of global structures.

Curriculum Overview

Students must take the core programme module, the Theory and Analysis of International Relations (30 credits), The practice of Political Science (15 credits) and Contemporary Issues in International Relations (15 credits) and a further 60 credits worth of optional modules, before progressing to a dissertation (60 credits).

Elective modules (subject to change) currently include:

  • EU as an international actor
  • American foreign relations
  • Britain in global politics
  • Global Civil Society: Conflict and peacebuilding
  • Religion and Conflict
  • Preventing Mass Atrocities
  • A study of varieties of nationalism in modern Europe, 1789 - 1945

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in history, politics, international relations or a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business).

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

The Department of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope has a strong teaching and research reputation. We were entered in the REF 2014 and 58% of research was internationally recognised or excellent.

Members in the department work collaboratively with colleagues in other departments and are actively involved in a number of the University’s research centres and groups. The department has particular research interests in international relations; UN peacekeeping; conflict, mass atrocity and genocide prevention and responsibility to protect; European integration; American government; British and Irish politics and history; Latin American, Australian and African Politics; Political Communication and International Relations; and twentieth century European ideologies, cultures and identities.

Further information on faculty members and their research interests is available on the department webpage


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


Graduates of the MA International Relations are likely to pursue careers international organisations (UN and associated agencies), NGOs (especially development organisations), international business, community organisations, diplomatic service, armed services, education, political life and the University sector.

The MA International Relations also provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate research study through PhD studies.