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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
EUR 17350 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
EUR 17350 per year

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About International Relations at University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies

Day after day we experience what it means to live in an internationalising world. Grasping its essence, however, is all but evident. The MA in International Relations tries to grasp the complexity of international processes and to offer the necessary tools to understand its different dimensions (political, legal, economic) and the role of various actors (states, international organisations, business, etc.). The programme is built on the interaction of theory (how we approach the world), method (how we explore the world) and substance (what we know about the world). Students can choose five out of seven courses from a wide variety of electives. This allows them to assemble their personal programme, tailored to their interests and background.

The programme builds on the long tradition of the University of Kent as a leading university in the field of international relations. By offering an MA in International Relations in Brussels, we place this expertise in the unique context of a European and international capital, host to the EU and NATO. More than a context, this aspect of Brussels as hotspot of international policy-making is actively integrated into the programme and reflected in the high number of high-profile diplomats and policy-makers lecturing at BSIS.

The aims of the MA in International Relations are to:

  • Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of international relations, including its political, social, and economic aspects
  • Examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact through a dynamic appreciation of different levels of analysis
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of the methodologies for the study of international processes
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid knowledge of theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, its major debates, its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study, and a critical appreciation of the essentially contested nature of politics in general and international relations in particular
  • Ensure that students acquire an advanced understanding of the relationship between theoretical, methodological, and empirical content of the issue-areas studied
  • Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in particular through a substantial dissertation

Programme Structure:

The MA in International Relations is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

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Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in a relevant subject or equivalent. For other international entry requirements, please contact the School.

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