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MA International Relations

Programme Overview

Studying the MA International Relations postgraduate degree at Middlesex University provides a relevant introduction to the rapidly changing world for the serious advanced student preparing for the future. As our personal lives, education and professional careers extend beyond our countries of birth, understanding other nations and the political and economic relations between nations is becoming more important. The MA International Relations will enable students to identify and assess national interests and analyse the foreign and defence policy needs of sovereign powers and the policy choices of national and international leaders. Our students are from all over the world and this diversity enhances debates and perspectives on global issues. Guest lectures are regularly held by experts in the field including, diplomats, politicians and leading academics.

This programme is designed for those who want to explore the political dynamics of the international political system, how it works, which actors and institutions hold leverage, and the prospects for meaningful change. The candidates will hold a bachelor’s degree preferably Political/Social Science or allied fields. Graduates from other disciplines will also benefit from this comprehensive course but may have to put in some extra effort.

Students who are already working, especially in a related area will greatly benefit from this programme, and the programme structure.  This programme is the right starting point for those who want to do research on this subject and may want to work towards a PhD.

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Programme Aims

  • To provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the concepts, practices and theories of International Relations.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate advanced critical appreciation and original thinking in conducting in-depth research on topics of their own interest.
  • To give students access to a broad intellectual environment through the provision of innovative teaching, assessment and extra-curricular events.
  • To utilise staff contacts, experience and research interests to enrich the curriculum.

Career Opportunities

 Students of the MSc Media Management typically proceed to careers in media management and/or the cultural industries. Dubai is an international centre for media and cultural management opportunities and the programme has been designed to provide an academic framework that places students in an excellent position for employment as well as self-managed portfolio careers.

How is the course delivered?

Duration and Attendance

Classes are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village Campus (Block 16, 17, 19, 4) during the working week in the evenings between 630 and 930pm. This programme offers students the flexibility to complete their studies over two years of part-time study or one year of full-time study.

 Programme Content

The programme consists of two main stages: taught modules and the dissertation and lasts for one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students. The programme is divided into modules which occupy the student’s whole time for a semester. The emphasis of the programme is on intensive and focused study; it is a technique of total immersion rather than gradual exploration. Students concentrate on one theme or topic at a time but they should bear in mind the overall coherence of the programme. Ideas and themes from previous modules are relevant and should be brought to bear in subsequent modules. Three modules are compulsory in accordance with the British International Studies Association and Political Studies Association national guidelines and carry credits of 30 and 60.

MA International Relations

Full-Time Study 

Year 1

  • Global Security
  • Globalization: International Political Economy
  • Principles & Practices of International Relations
  • Research Skills & Dissertation


Part-Time Study

Year 1

  • Principles & Practices of International Relations
  • Globalization: International Political Economy

Year 2

  • Global Security
  • Research Skills & Dissertation

MA International Relations

POI4111 Global Security

This module analyzes changes in the global security agenda since the end of the Cold War, both empirically and theoretically. The meaning of security is explored and competing theoretical perspectives in the discipline are compared. The transformation of military security threats is then analyzed with particular emphasis on the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and the significance of global terrorism. The module then explores the rise of non-military issues of human security including environmental change, crime, disease, poverty, and disasters

POI4110 Globalisation:

This module considers the implications for International Relations of forces of globalisation, both economic and cultural. It analyses the rise of international organisations, transnational politics and issues of global importance, and explores the theoretical debate surrounding these developments.

POI4120: Principles and Practice of International Relations

This module provides students with an understanding of how states interrelate and how and why foreign policy is made. Theoretical study is combined with an analysis of foreign policy decisions in the contemporary world.

POI4190 Research Skills & Dissertation

After preparatory lectures, seminars and individual supervision, students present their dissertation proposals and, if satisfactory, proceed to writing a dissertation of 10,000 words.


Potential candidates are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office for individual consultation on a case-by-case basis. The following admission criteria are generally applied:

We welcome applications from graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years’ work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.


You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading).

Tuition Fees and Payment Plans

Total tuition fees for the MA International Relations programme are AED 60,000. Attractive payment plans are available for students. For more information please check our website or alternatively contact our Admissions Office.