International Relations and Security Courses (MA)

- MA International Relations (On Campus)
- MA International Relations (Distance Learning)
- MA International Security

During Induction week, make sure you follow your course induction schedule below, this must take priority over any other events. Most of these induction events will be on campus but there may be additional online events that you will need to attend or watch.

Next steps

Induction schedule

Check your course induction activities below - full location details will be confirmed by 5 September.

Thursday 22 September

Time Event details Location
10:00am - 12:00pm

Module registration helpdesk

Drop in if you need help adding your optional modules

G.110, Gibbs Building, Headington Campus

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Induction and social event - on-campus students

Welcome and Induction for all International Relations Postgraduate Students with Course Director, Dr Stephen Hurt. An informal meeting to get to know the academics for your course. Refreshments will be available.

JHB.202, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

Friday 23 September

Time Event details Location
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Study Skills

For all on campus students 

G.217, Gibbs Building, Headington Campus

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Study Skills

For Distance Learning students only

Live online

Key contacts

Job title Name Contact details
Student Support Coordinator Mandy Archer
Subject Coordinator Dr Stephen Hurt
Interim Programme Lead Dr Doerthe Rosenow
Programme Administrator Laura Crofts

Academic Liaison Librarian Joanna Cooksey

Reading lists

This is an indicative reading list of the core books used on the course for the compulsory modules in Semesters 1. There is no expectation for you to buy any of the books, they are all available in our library.

For Semester 2 optional modules, once you have chosen them, you can contact the module leaders if you would like details of the core reading. 


MA, International Relations (on campus and distance learning)

Semester 1 Compulsory Modules 

Recommended Core Text


INRL7014 (DL)

IR Theory and Practice

Edkins, J. and Zehfuss, M. (eds.) (2019), Global Politics: A New Introduction. 3rd ed. Abingdon: Routledge.


INTL7015 (DL)

Global Political Economy

O'Brien, R. and Williams, M. (2020). Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics. 6th ed. London: Red Globe.


INRL7016 (DL)

Advanced Research in International Relations:

Lamont, C (2021), Research Methods in International Relations 2nd ed. London: Sage.

MA International Security

Semester 1 Compulsory Modules 

Recommended Core Text


Security: Beyond Bullets and Bombs: 

Williams, P.D. and McDonald, M. (eds) (2018). Security Studies: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Abingdon: Routledge


Advanced Research in International Relations:

Lamont, C (2021), Research Methods in International Relations 2nd ed London: Sage.