Get behind the headlines to discover the structures and ideas that shape global affairs, and open up a wide range of exciting career possibilities with this world-class MA.
Who is it for?
The International Politics MA programme is for students who want to explore international politics more widely. It is designed to help you drill down and follow your specific interests and specialise your knowledge. The course has been designed to give you the chance to pursue your own questions about the way the world works – and to shape arguments where you feel it doesn’t.
The knowledge and skills you develop during the course will enable you to explore a number of rewarding career options – from supporting NGOs to working with the civil service or media.
Is the USA a benevolent global leader or a neo-imperial power? How does the shift in power from the West to the Rest reshape international politics in the 21st century? Can states act effectively in a world increasingly shaped by international institutions and global economic actors?
The International Politics MA will challenge your point of view and help you:
- Explore an expansive and ever-changing subject and gain an advanced specialist education in international politics
- Learn about the broad contours of the field while developing specialisms backed by real-world research
- Probe the ideas that structure the way we think about the world and examine the institutions that determine events
- Focus on how you can use this new understanding to judge global affairs for yourself
- Examine and critically evaluate the complex structure of relationships between governments, transnational actors and networks, and intergovernmental organizations
- Gain an advanced conceptualization of global political issues in the 21st century
- Understand contemporary theoretical debates and the rapid political change in the contemporary world
- Develop your analytical capacities through a variety of learning techniques
- Prepare for a diverse range of careers, as well as provide contextual knowledge
that will be applicable for life-long learning in a rapidly changing political and social world.
The structure of this MA gives you the flexibility to design your own degree.
The taught modules are completed in Terms 1 and 2, normally over a single academic year for full-time students and over two academic years for part-time students. You are required to take a total of 120 credits in taught modules.
There is one core module – 'Theories of International Politics' (30 credits) taught in the first term (30 credits).
The remaining credits will be made up of elective modules that you must choose from the list of electives opened to students in the MA International Politics. Throughout the year you can choose elective modules that suit your interests. You can also opt to pursue your interests by studying across departments with optional modules from the Department of Sociology and The City Law School.
The number of elective modules you take will vary depending on the number of 15- and 30-credit modules you choose. All modules run for a minimum of eleven weeks (or one term).
You should have a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, humanities, or law. Relevant professional experience will also be considered as part of the application process.INTO City, University of London
Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts programme.
Kaplan International College London
City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.
If English is not your first language you will need the following qualification:
- IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test).
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.INTO English language programmes
Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
The skills you will take away from this programme – those of research, analysis and presentation – are highly valued by employers. In 2014-15, 87.5% of City's International Politics graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation.
Current graduates now work within the following organisations:
- Amnesty International
- European External Action Service
- International Crisis Group
- Ministry of Economy and Finance
- The Open Rights Group
- The Grass Roots Group
- The United Nations
- US Embassy
From government agencies to NGOs and human rights organisations, the course gives you the perfect foundation to prepare for a career in a wide range of fields. You will graduate with the ability to undertake in-depth research, challenge received explanations of topics in social and political life and to examine and critically evaluate the complex structure of relationships between governments, transnational actors, transnational networks and intergovernmental or governmental organisations.
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Last updated January 29, 2018