John Moores University (LJMU)

International Relations and Politics

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has a rich cultural heritage and traces its origins back to 1823.

It is now proud to be a new civic university offering degrees that are driven by internationally acclaimed research and based on practical learning. The university is ranked among the world's top 150 universities by The Young University Rankings 2019.

Its multi-disciplinary staff are actively involved in a wide range of innovative applications of computer science. Research and teaching includes computer science but also extends to more surprising topics, including computational art, virtual reality, computer music, digital sociology and education technology.

MA International Relations - An Overview

LJMU's innovative MA International Relations provides a grounding in key theories while examining in depth issues of enduring international significance.

This fascinating programme takes an expanded definition of International Relations and covers a range of subjects from economics, politics, law and culture to examining the actions of international organisations, nation-states and non-state actors.

It provides you with an essential grounding in international relations theory and also provides a range of specialist modules which examine in depth issues of enduring international significance: conflict, the United Nations, international affairs in the Asia-Pacific region, and the role of humanitarian actions by state and non-state actors.

This programme has been designed to enhance your career prospects in international relations-related fields including government and non-government sectors. It exposes you to the careers available and enables you to network with people in the field.
By enrolling on to this degree, you will benefit from;

  • Developing your own international relations perspective and choose how to actively engage with world affairs
  • Hearing from experts and practitioners in the field of International Relations
  • availing the option to study abroad for either a semester or a year with one of our overseas partners
  • availing the option to do a year-long work placement in an international-related organisation
  • Participating in field trips to visit and understand the complex workings of institutions and think tanks
  • Joining a highly motivated and research active academic community
  • Attending the Perspectives in IR research seminar series

Programme Structure, Courses and Specification

The degree takes an expanded definition of what is International Relations and covers a range of subjects from economics, politics, law and culture to examining the actions of international organizations, nation-states and non-state actors.

It provides you with an essential grounding in international relations theory and a range of specialist modules, which examine in-depth issues of enduring international significance, such as conflict, state-building, and the role of multilateral organizations.

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Programme Structure

You study 4 core units and 3 optional units over a period of one year to earn the MA International Relations degree.

Core Modules

Four mandatory modules

  • Understanding International Relations (30 credits)
  • Research Methods for International Relations (10 credits)
  • Research Project in International Relations (60 credits)
  • The War/Peace Cycle (20 credits)
Five Optional Modules
  • War and Peace in Africa since 1990 (20 Credits)
  • Gender, Peace, and Security (20 credits)
  • The United Nations, International Security and Global Justice (20 Credits)
  • International Human Rights Law (20 credits)
  • International Politics and Development in Asia-Pacific (20 credits)

Teaching will be delivered as a combination of class discussions, lectures and workshops with core academic staff and invited practitioners, experts and guest lecturers. The aim is to give you as much insight into the world of International Relations as possible and this is best achieved through a mix of academic discussion and real-world experiences.


To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
The aim in all the assessments is to test your understanding of International Relations. Assessments on this course are a mixture of essays, presentations, exams and portfolios.

To be eligible for the degree, you must:

  • Generally, applicants should have a 2:1 or above from an Honours degree in a related subject; Law, History or Politics.
    Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed who can demonstrate relevant work experience of at least 2 years in an IR related field and an ability to succeed at the MA level.
  • Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 must be achieved, with a minimum of 7.0 in academic writing.
  • Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision will be taken at the discretion of the Liverpool John Moores University.

If you are interested in studying international relations further then this MA will provide a solid basis for applying to do a Doctorate in International Relations.

Liverpool John Moores graduates find career opportunities in:

This programme aims to enhance your career prospects in a range of international relations related fields such as in the government and non-government sectors. It is why you will meet practitioners, go on field trips, and have the opportunity to gain work experience in the field.
See below for some profiles of graduates who have gone on to find career success after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University.

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