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Politics and International Relations Pathway

♦ Master’s Progression Pathway

Are you interested in global and national politics? Are you passionate about current affairs and curious about contemporary political debates? This pathway enables you to explore a range of topics in politics and international relations, and you can tailor your pathway depending on your existing level of experience in this subject area, with Level 1 modules advised for those with no previous experience. Depending on the combination of modules you choose, you will develop a solid grounding in important topics such as the organization of political systems, the influence of political thinkers and ideas, conceptualisations of international politics and global developments, and the theory and practice of democracy in modern states, as well as explore crucial contemporary issues such as the politics of migration, the political impact of the media, the nature of the policy process, and the changing state of politics in the EU, Latin America and beyond.

Duration: One semester or one full academic year

Specific entry requirements: None. Students with no background in Politics and International Relations are strongly recommended to choose a minimum of two introductory modules.


Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory* Introductory*
PAIR1002 Political Systems* PAIR1001 Introduction to International Relations*
PAIR1004 Introduction to Political Theory* PAIR1005 Political Enquiry*
PAIR1007 Crises of the 21st Century*    
Optional Optional
PAIR2001 Theorising International Politics PAIR2004 Research Skills in Politics and International Relations
Chinese Politics PAIR2005/
Development and International Relations
PAIR3050 Power & Ethics Before Machiavelli PAIR2019/
Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space
PAIR3057 Ethics of Public Policy PAIR3015 Contemporary Theories of Justice
PAIR2020 Realism and Idealism in International Relations PAIR2017/
European Security Governance
The Ethics and Politics of Migration PAIR2026/
Democratic Theory
PAIR2011 American Political Thought PAIR2002 Political Thinkers
PAIR3004 Political Texts    
PAIR1011 A (Dis)United Kingdom? Myth and Reality in British Politics    
PAIR3056 Imagining European Futures    

Some modules may be subject to change or availability

Linked Master’s programmes

Masters in Public Administration

MSc International Politics

MSc International Politics (Research)

MSc International Security and Risk

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