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Explore pressing issues and power struggles in today’s globalised world. You’ll examine how states and societies cooperate on our international relations postgraduate course, and question world politics and the global political economy.
You’ll get to know the key players, organisations, and policies that underpin world economies. You’ll challenge their aims. And discuss the obstacles they face. You’ll explore how systems impact individuals like refugees and protesters, as well as global problems like the climate emergency.
You’ll have the freedom to pursue what interests you. This might involve scrutinising the Paris Agreement or analysing Fair Trade. Or examining social movements like the Yellow Vests, Flygskam, or pro-democracy activism in Hong Kong.
This course is also available through distance learning.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
A political epicentre
In Oxford, you’ll be at the heart of modern political discourse – there are active discussions on racism and colonialism, and refugee action.
Focus on you
You’ll be taught in small classes, always getting the attention and support you need. Your tutors are active researchers in their fields of study, and they’ll share their expertise with you.
An accessible programme
You can join this course without having studied our international relations undergraduate degree.
Students have previously visited The Hague and the European Parliament in Brussels to enhance their learning.
More than essays
Assessment methods also include presentations, projects, reports and a dissertation, and you’ll receive feedback throughout the year.
In your first semester, you’ll study modules to build your core knowledge of international relations. By examining key theories and how they connect to global issues, and analysing the global political economy in several different ways, you’ll develop advanced research skills.
In Semester 2, you’ll take elective modules that focus on the areas of international relations you find the most fascinating. This might include Global Ecological Crisis, Global Civil Society and Social Movements, and Dilemmas in International Ethics.
You could debate how to handle debt in the Global South. Examine peacebuilding in conflict zones. Or analyse the ecological limits to development.
You’ll also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. It’s a great opportunity to study something that matches your professional, voluntary, or research interests at a deeper level. And you’ll have the opportunity to present your research proposal to fellow students and staff at a postgraduate day in May or June. This gives you the chance to receive critical feedback from a wider audience.
Learning and teaching
You’ll join a close-knit department, where you’ll learn directly from leading researchers in international relations. You’ll be able to nurture your interests and develop your expertise.
You’ll also get to know your coursemates well - you won’t be a face in the crowd. And you’ll have access to the world renowned Bodleian Library, and the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society.
You’ll learn via:
- tutor/group-led seminars
- case study analysis
- group work presentations
- individual presentations
- individual and small group tutorials
Assessment is conducted through a variety of assignments linked to the expected learning outcomes. You will be assessed with the following methods:
- written dissertation.
You will receive constant feedback over the course of the year.
In your second semester, you’ll have a unique opportunity to travel to Brussels and The Hague. On this trip, you’ll get rare direct insight into leading international organisations - like:
- The European Commission
- The International Criminal Court
- The European Parliament
- The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
You’ll connect directly with leading professionals working in international relations. You’ll learn how major international organisations operate. And you’ll get insight on how to start your career in a global organisation.
The cost of travel and accommodation is included in your course fees.
Our vibrant research culture is driven by a thriving and collaborative community of academic staff and doctoral students. from across the globe.
83% of International Relations and Politics research was recognised internationally, and rated as either excellent or world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Our research is organised within the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society.
Within the Centre we run four dedicated research groups:
- Critical Security Studies
- International Political Theory
- Cultures and Identities
- State and Society.
As well as meeting to discuss and analyse central texts in the field each group undertakes a number of activities including:
- organising work-in-progress seminars
- offering support and feedback for external grant applications
- hosting visiting fellows
- sponsoring seminars and symposia.
Find out more by visiting our web pages and browsing our staff profiles.
After completing the course, you’ll have picked up sought-after transferable skills including project management, critical analysis, problem-solving, and communication. You’ll have developed a good intercultural awareness and be ready for a career in a field like international development, corporate social responsibility, or with NGOs.
Our graduates now have roles including:
- Research Analyst at Africa Risk Consulting
- Senior Consultant at the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency
- Communications Officer at Save the Children
- Parliamentary Assistant to a Westminster MP
- Commercial Manager in the net zero energy sector.
You could also progress further in academia and research.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.
|£20-60 per book
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences believes strongly in the importance of making a difference to the world of our students, and in the ability and potential of our students to make a difference in the world. The Dean's Scholarship is one small way in which we make that belief tangible.
International students can apply for our International Students Scholarship.