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Taught Courses

Postgraduates from the School of Government and International Affairs pursue successful careers in a wide range of fields including local and national government, newspaper and broadcast journalism, the charity sector, academia, and the armed forces. Find out more about each of our research-led and world-leading programmes below to begin your learning journey.

Our Postgraduate Taught Courses

MA International Relations

This course provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations.
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MA Politics and International Relations (Political Theory)

This course enables you to evaluate, in a sophisticated and critical fashion, theories and paradigms within the broad field of politics and international relations.
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MSc Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

This course provides you with skills in negotiations, conflict mediation, conflict-sensitive programme design and management, and urban peacebuilding.
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MSc Defence, Development and Diplomacy

This course explores conflict, conflict intervention and post-conflict reconstruction through the lenses of defence, development and diplomacy.
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MA Politics and International Relations of the Middle East

This programme provides you with the knowledge to critically review developments in the theory and practice of politics and international relations in the Middle East.

MA International Relations (East Asia)

This course provides you with a comparative and historical perspective, taking account of East Asian political and economic factors.
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MA International Relations (European)

This course provides you with a comparative and historical perspective, taking account of European political and economic factors.
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MA Research Methods (Politics, International Relations, Security)

This course provides all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation in the fields of politics, international relations and security.
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MSc Arab World Studies

This course provides you with knowledge of the range of existing disciplinary, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research on the Arab world.
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New for 2024: MA Politics and International Relations of the Middle East

This programme provides you with the knowledge to critically review developments in the theory and practice of politics international relations relating to the study of the Middle East, North Africa and wider Muslim world.

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University student
Pursuing a Master’s degree at SGIA not only provided me with a solid foundation for continued growth and success in my career, but also served as a catalyst, creating a strong sense of momentum and motivation to pursue new opportunities with enthusiasm.

Rachael Rhoades
MA International Relations

  

University student
The diversity of the staff and students in the MSc made the experience at SGIA extremely rich. Not only are you surrounded by people from around the world, but also by diverse academic and professional experiences.

Germán Otálora-Gallego
MSc Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

  

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