International Relations - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc International Relations

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip International Relations
PGCert International Relations

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLB61003 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PLB61004 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

L250, L250

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Politics and International Relations

Other internal and / or external reference points

The Programme also takes into account the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, including qualification descriptors.

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Politics

Programme Leader

EXADAKTYLOS T Dr (Politics)

Date of production/revision of spec

11/09/2017

Educational aims of the programme

To enable students to understand and evaluate contemporary debates in the study of international relations, concerning global governance and/or terrorism and security and international intervention.

To deepen students' knowledge of theoretical aspects of international relations, including theoretical developments in the sub-fields of terrorism and security and international intervention.

To enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding in at least three sub-fields of international politics: students take three programme compulsory modules, two pathway compulsory modules specific to their pathway (International Relations, International Intervention), and three further modules from a list of optional modules particular to their pathway.

To provide students, with the opportunity, through the International Intervention pathway, to spend three months working in a field related to their degree. This will not only provide students with new insights into International Intervention but will also develop a broad array of transferable skills. Such skills include self-management and development; managing tasks; communicating effectively and clearly; working with and relating to others; the application of specialist knowledge; the application of initiative and reflecting on one's own learning outcomes.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Critical knowledge of contemporary debates in the study of international politics, particularly in relation to the international system and global governance, differing forms of intervention in response to poverty, humanitarian crisis, abuses of human rights, state failure and armed conflict K
In-depth understanding of international structures of governance and their impact on regional, national and local structures; and of theories of international relations K
Detailed knowledge and understanding within at least two sub-fields of international politics, for example development and humanitarian assistance; peace-making; peace-keeping and peace-building; use of international legal institutions and processes; and coercive military intervention to secure regime change K
Understanding of processes of knowledge creation and contestation within international politics K
Understanding of techniques of research and enquiry and their application to the study of politics K
Analytical knowledge of contemporary debates in the study of international politics, particularly in relation to the international system and global governance, differing forms of intervention in response to poverty, humanitarian crisis, abuses of human rights, state failure and armed conflict K
A good understanding of international structures of governance and their impact on regional, national and local structures; and of theories of international relations K
Detailed knowledge and understanding within at least one sub-field of international politics, for example development and humanitarian assistance; peace-making; peace-keeping and peace-building; use of international legal institutions and processes; and coercive military intervention to secure regime change K
Understanding of processes of knowledge creation and contestation within international politics K
Understanding of techniques of research and enquiry and their application to the study of politics K
Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a range of different sources C
Analyse and synthesise a wide range of material in verbal and numerical formats C
Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively C
Make sound judgements on the basis of incomplete evidence C
Demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and analysing evidence C
Construct reasoned argument C
Apply theoretical frameworks to empirical analysis C
Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a range of different sources C
Analyse and synthesise a wide range of material in verbal and numerical formats C
Deal with complex issues systematically C
Make sound judgements on the basis of incomplete evidence C
Demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and analysing evidence C
Construct reasoned argument C
Apply theoretical frameworks to empirical analysis C
Make appropriate use of information and communications technology P
Carry out an advanced literature search P
Form effective arguments P
Organise own workload to meet deadlines P
Formulate research questions P
Design and conduct a research project, selecting appropriate methods of data collection and analysis P
Design and pilot questionnaires P
Design and conduct interviews P
Use software packages to analyse qualitative and quantitative data P
Present research findings orally and in writing P
Make appropriate use of information and communications technology P
Form effective arguments P
Organise own workload to meet deadlines P
Formulate research questions P
Use software packages to analyse qualitative and quantitative data P
Present research findings orally and in writing P
Make appropriate use of information and communications technology P
Form effective arguments P
Organise own workload to meet deadlines P
Formulate research questions P
Use software packages to analyse qualitative and quantitative data P
Present research findings orally and in writing P
Communicate and present ideas effectively T
Reason critically T
Use information and communication technology for the retrieval and presentation of material T
Organise and plan their own work T
Adopt a proactive approach to problem-solving T
Collaborate with others to achieve common goals T
Deploy a range of relevant research skills T
Make decisions in complex situations T
Take responsibility for their own learning T
Communicate and present ideas effectively T
Reason analytically T
Use information and communication technology for the retrieval and presentation of material T
Organise and plan their own work T
Adopt a proactive approach to problem-solving T
Collaborate with others to achieve common goals T
Deploy some relevant research skills T
Make decisions in complex situations T
Take responsibility for their own learning T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Quality assurance

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https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.