The Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University is the first of its kind in the world and offers an MA International Relations and an MA International Politics (Dual Degree with American University). Recognised as being among the UK’s leading Departments for the study of international relations by the 2014 Research Assessment Framework, the Department has a thriving Graduate School that reflects decades of experience producing generations of outstanding postgraduate students.
It attracts some of the brightest and best students from around the world to study in a highly stimulating intellectual environment. The Department has over twenty five academic and research staff, all of whom are research-active. The sheer breadth of expertise offered by the Department allows you to engage with the most pressing and stimulating issues and topics in international politics ranging from the study of war, conflict, strategy and security to the study of global order, international theory, post colonialism, Welsh politics, and ethics.
The MA International Relations is a 12 month full-time degree based in Aberystwyth. You take one core and five optional modules across the year and complete a dissertation in Semester Three (Summer). The MA International Politics (Dual Degree American University) is a 24 month degree, spending the first 12 months in Aberystwyth and the second 12 months at American University in Washington, DC in the USA.
The Masters Programme emphasises the development of strong research, writing and analytical skills as well as the capacity to work independently - qualities on which employers place a premium. A Masters is also ideal for students who want to pursue PhD research.
Whether you interested in understanding the conceptual underpinnings of international politics or practical policy implications you will be part of a department at the forefront of understanding and tackling the challenges of ‘how we might live’ in the 21st century.