Online Master of Arts in International Relations

Nottingham Trent University's Online MA in International Relations gives distance-learning students a flexible way to delve into this exciting field. This comprehensive online course is designed to help you understand the complexities of international arenas, with opportunities to explore contemporary issues such as international security and terrorism.

Thanks to an emphasis on the value of theory-in-practice, NTU's Online MA in International Relations helps you get to grips with theoretical debates, ideas around global governance and the link between political economy and international security. This diverse experience of current theories and policies will prepare you for a number of different careers in organisations such as:

  • relevant government departments
  • international aid
  • development agencies.

With teaching and research expertise from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Europe, you will be exposed to insights from every corner of the globe, helping you to further your experience and career potential.

97% of our postgraduate students are in employment or further study within
six months of finishing their studies (latest DLHE survey, 2016/17)


Our Online MA in International Relations will help you to:

  • examine the significance of international relations and evaluate its theoretical frameworks, concepts and methodologies
  • critique key debates and communicate complex ideas
  • demonstrate specialist knowledge of international policy
  • evaluate qualitative and quantitative data and master advanced research methods
  • demonstrate ethical insight into decision-making and problem-solving.

Making you world-ready

To help you leverage the theories covered in the course, we offer participation in our active international research community, with options to attend engaging seminars and conferences. We also prepare your debating, analytic and team-working skills through regular workshops, simulations and online debate forums. Through practical experience, this course gives you the intellectual tools and an instinctual understanding of international relations to ensure you can apply your knowledge anywhere in the world.

Career progression

NTU is ranked 16th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019 and has been awarded a ‘gold-rating’ in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its outstanding teaching and learning, setting up its graduates for success. MA in International Relations graduates are highly employable in both public and private sectors due to their wide-ranging skills and competencies. After studying the course at NTU, students will be best placed to pursue a career in relevant government departments or international aid and development agencies. In the private sector, businesses are increasingly looking for graduates with an understanding of international and global events and processes.

To learn more about the Online MA in International Relations, please complete the form on the right.

''Studying at NTU allowed me to expand my knowledge in a specific field whilst using different learning approaches and skills that are used worldwide.''
Sumaiah Redwan (Saudi Arabia)
MA International Relations (Campus course)

Why study an MA in International Relations at NTU?

You will benefit from:

  • the practical implementation of theoretical approaches
  • a focus on global governance and contemporary issues
  • teaching and research expertise from around the world
  • the course's practical relevance to a variety of private and public sector roles.

Our dedication to delivering first-class, professional, research-led postgraduate courses is why students from around the world choose to study with us.

With courses and research informed by public, private and voluntary organisations, we can help you to further your career, research the subject you're passionate about and become a specialist in your field.

  • Duration:
    2.5 years
  • Start dates:
    January, May, September
  • Requirements include:
    • a minimum 2.2 degree
    • international students only: IELTS or TOEFL

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