Liverpool John Moores University

Master of Arts in International Relations

Educational aims of the programme
The programme is innovative and challenging because it provides a multidisciplinary approach to examining international relations. The programme will critically engage with theoretical approaches to International Relations in order to better understand the world.
To further aid understanding of the world, the programme will critically examine in-depth issues of enduring international significance, including: conflict, the role of multilateral institutions, US foreign policy, state-building in the colonial and post-colonial world, and the role of humanitarian actions by state and non-state actors. The programme will enable students to carry out original and independent research through developing research methodologies appropriate to the study of International Relations.
The programme will provide networking opportunities to increase the opportunity of obtaining employment in a related field. It is why a series of fieldtrips and expert practitioner workshops will be held throughout the year, along with developing internship opportunities for students.


Target award Learning Outcomes - Master of Arts
A student successfully completing the programme of study will have acquired the following subject knowledge and understanding as well as skills and other attributes.
A student who is eligible for this award will be able to:
1. Display a critical awareness of political, historical and legal aspects of international relations.
2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of debates that inform an appreciation of International Relations,International Relations theory and related subjects.
3. Draw upon knowledge of the ways in which theories and concepts have developed in particular contexts in their assessment of relevant issues and debates.
4. Demonstrate a detailed and critically informed knowledge and understanding of the role and contribution of state and non-state actors in shaping international politics.
5. Display an ability to critically reflect upon their research and, if relevant, professional practice.
6. Engage critically with theories and concepts relating to International Relations and put them to productive use.
7. Consider and critically evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner with reference to academic and/or professional issues, debates and conventions.
8. Develop substantive and detailed knowledge and understanding in one or more designated areas of the field(s).
9. Engage with new and emerging forms and arguments, drawing upon a variety of professional and academic skills.
10. Conduct advanced forms of research for essays, projects, or dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry.
11. Propose, design, conduct and present sustained independent research at an advanced level that will demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of International Relations related issues.
12. Understand the limits of the major research methods associated with the study of International Relations, and be able to apply this knowledge critically to their own work.
13. Appreciate how diverse audiences and communities engage in the discussion of International Relations at local, regional, national and international levels.
14. Manage time and resources effectively, by drawing on planning and organisational skills.
15. Work in a flexible and independent way, showing self-discipline and reflexivity.
16. Plan and implement tasks in a professional manner.
17. Retrieve and generate information, and critically evaluate sources, in carrying out independent research.
18. Communicate ideas at an advanced level, deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas and adapting a problem-solving approach demonstrating professionalism.


(*) Subject to validation



The entry requirements for postgraduate admission are:

  • An accredited UK Honours degree with minimum 2.2 classification or international equivalent. Some professional qualifications may also be acceptable. Extensive professional experience may also be considered.
  • Official transcripts from all universities, colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended.
  • English Proficiency: Students satisfy the English proficiency requirements provided they present a GCSE score with a minimum grade of “C” or IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of at least 6.0 (and no individual component lower than 5.5) or equivalent qualification.  Students who do not acquire the above mentioned qualifications are required to take the online Academic English Placement Test. This is an IELTS-type test (Reading & Writing) where students need to score an overall 6.0 (with no individual component lower than 5.5).
  • Personal Statement (minimum 500 words) explaining how the programme of study will benefit the student’s career progression.
  • Up to date CV
  • Two references (academic or professional) listed on CV stating referee’s full name, contact details, and relationship to the applicant.


Applications from non-standard applicants are welcome and will be considered individually.

* Entry requirements may vary depending on the programme of study.


Course Code Course Title Credits
Foundation Courses
LJMU-IND-M-100 Induction Module 0.00
Postgraduate Certificate Level
LJMU-7100-IR Understanding International Relations 20.00
LJMU-7103-IR The War/Peace Cycle 20.00
LJMU-7137-LAWPL International Human Rights Law 20.00
Postgraduate Diploma Level
LJMU-7101-IR Research Methods for International Relations 20.00
LJMU-7126-LAWPL Conflict and Warfare in International Law 20.00
LJMU-7104-IR War and Peace in Africa since 1990 20.00
Postgraduate Award Level
LJMU-7102-IR Research Project in International Relations 60.00

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