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International Relations and Democratic Politics MA

University of Westminster

309 Regent St, W1B 2, London
Tel.+44 (0) 20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 6.500 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 16/01/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 16/01/2017 End Date: 20/12/2017


The Masters in International Relations and Democratic Politics provides an advanced critical and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping state, inter-state relations and global politics. Drawing on key theoretical interpretations of democratic politics, the course probes into various tenets of democratic thinking (ranging from pluralism and civil society to egalitarianism and human rights), and explores the interplay between theory and practice in old and new democracies and in processes of global governance.

Is democracy a concept limited to a world of territorially-bounded national communities?
Can democracy still limit power in a global world? H
ow does democratic policy making operate in the face of complexity?

By raising and examining such questions the course explores the changing and contested understandings of democracy in contemporary thought as well as its application to the international sphere in our increasingly complex world.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document on the master webside.

Core modules

  • Democratic Politics: Key Debates and Issues
  • Dissertation and Research Methods
  • The Politics of Global Complexity: Rethinking Governance, Power and Agency

Option modules

You must choose four option modules from the following list (one of your options may be an approved free choice module hosted by another Masters course):

  • Contemporary Controversies in international Security: Intervention Terrorism and Self Defence
  • Controversies in United States Foreign Policies and Processes
  • Democracy and Islam
  • Development Theories, Policies and Practices
  • Global Chance: Toward a New Non-Western Order
  • Globalisation, Democratisation and Post-authoritarian Transition
  • Governance of the European Union
  • International Relations: Beyond International Relations?
  • International Relations: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Islam and Politics in The Middle East
  • Policy, Governance and Democracy: International Perspectives
  • The European Union as an International Actor
  • Theories of International Security
  • The State, Politics and Violence
  • Global Politics of Energy and Environmental Change
  • Regional Dimensions of Energy Security



You should have a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Social Sciences or Humanities; equivalent qualifications from overseas are welcome.
Your application must be supported by a reference written on institutional notepaper by an academic familiar with your abilities.
Applications from mature candidates are welcomed.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS overall score of 6.5 and 6.0 in Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking or equivalent.
The University offers presessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.

Career Prospects

This course will provide you with numerous key skills and knowledge that will prepare you for your future career in a variety of different fields.
Our graduates hold posts within various international and national government departments and organisations. Many have also gone on to study for Doctorates within the Department and at other universities around the world.


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