MA International Relations

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Masters (Coursework)
Tuition Fees
RM 46,000/ Programme (for Malaysian students)
1 year full time; 2 years part time
Prior Study
Bachelor honours degree
Study Field


International relations studies the complex relations between and among states, societies, individuals, identities and cultures, theoretically and empirically. The discipline covers such areas as economics, law, politics and security. It considers deeper questions relating to how we understand and conceptualise contemporary global transformations. Throughout the programme, you will approach the subject from several different perspectives: from a state-centric approach; from the perspective of complex interdependence; and from a globalisation perspective. The degree is open to students of any discipline or career background, but is popular for people working in or wishing to work in government or diplomatic service, international organisations and the media.

Faculties, Schools & Departments

School of Politics, History and International Relations

Programme structure

You will be required to complete 180 credits over the period of your studies: 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation, based on your own original research. The full-time and part-time evening class variant of the degree is taught at our city centre facility, The Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, at the Chulan Tower, Jalan Conlay – a great option for those based in Kuala Lumpur and in full-time employment.


Typical core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Global Perspectives on International Relations
  • Research Methods and Design

Typical optional modules

  • Civil Society and Global Development
  • Contemporary Public Policy
  • Contemporary Security Challenges
  • Development and Governance: Building Democracy in the Developing World
  • Field Technologies
  • Global Political Economy
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • Modern languages (French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish)
  • Postgraduate internship
  • Terrorism in South and Southeast Asia
  • The International Relations of Southeast Asia

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. Mature applicants without any standard entry requirements but are holders of approved professional qualifications equivalent to first degrees; or have gained prior learning or experience at an appropriate level may be considered.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
  • TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)
  • PTE (Academic): 62 (with no less than 55 in each element)
  • MUET: Band 4

Intake Months

February & September