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MACritical International Politics (Research)

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
Tuition fee £15,000 per year
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The Aberystwyth Masters in Critical International Politics is your opportunity to examine the origins of prevailing global power relations, how they work and how they are reproduced. You will interrogate practices such as development, security, conflict, and environmental regulation in your analysis of the possibilities for the transformation of global politics. Rather than accepting existing social and power relations as natural and unmoving, this MA programme will help you explore the socio-historical context in which they emerged and expose their ideological functions. You will examine the conditions that give rise to contemporary political activism such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movements and their potential for resistance or emancipation.

Based in the Department of International Politics, which has a longstanding international reputation for outstanding research in critical approaches to international politics, this fascinating course brings together critical social and political theory, postcolonial politics, international relations, environmental politics and security studies in a highly stimulating study programme. Your skills in critical thought and reflection will be honed as you engage in cutting-edge debates on the nature of politics, justice, political violence, global regulation, development and the relationship between man and nature.

You will graduate from the Masters in Critical International Politics with the dual strengths of an expertise in your field and an academic and professional rigour. These traits, and the skills that accompany them, will make you a highly desirable candidate for any employer in a range of related fields where critical analysis, incisive argument and an in-depth understanding of your subject are prized. You will be taught by academics who are major names in the field and graduate with a degree from a department acclaimed as world-leading in critical international politics.

The Aberystwyth MA in Critical International Politics examines the nature of power and the power of incentives in a global political context. By engaging with this course, you will undertake the critical study of international politics and its bearing on issues including gender, race, class, power, sovereignty, community, memory, culture, identity, difference, modernity, harm, violence, resistance, security and many more. You will be challenged to critically evaluate current research and – ultimately – advance the boundary of scholarship through your exploration of current problems and your identification of newly arising issues.

On this course, you will explore the conditions that give rise to contemporary forms of political activism and their potential for bringing about resistance or emancipation. In doing so, you will study critical social and political theory, postcolonial politics, international relations, environmental politics and security studies. You will understand the interconnectivity of human activity – how shifts in the political sphere create powerful changes across business, culture, religion and wider society.

Career opportunities

Employability is an essential feature of your study of Critical International Politics at Aberystwyth. From the beginning of the course, you will be invited to undertake personal development planning to crystallise your career or study plans after graduation. By the time you graduate, you will possess an impressive understanding of how important decisions are taken in the widest practicable realm of human interaction. Your understanding of decision-making – the weighing of factors, incentives and consequences on a global stage – will develop your mind and abilities and stand you in excellent stead for any employment opportunity.

Thanks to the wide choice of study modules, you will be able to tailor exactly your learning into areas of specialism which relate to your career aspirations so that you can achieve your goals more efficiently. Having fully interrogated your chosen specialisms, you will be an expert in your field and you will be highly experienced in tackling any arising subject or challenge with clarity, knowledge and authority. These qualities will set you apart in the jobs market or the employed environment, whether it is a specialist or more general post.

The Masters course is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of research interests and employment contexts. The research training pathway provides you with a specific set of study skills focused on interrogating and analysing a range of different types of data from multiple sources. A significant proportion of postgraduate jobs demand a high level of personal organisation and clarity in communication and presentation. You will possess these skills, thanks to this course’s regular assessment through examination, essay, presentation, dissertation and debate in public fora.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States