International Relations and Security MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a good 2:1 Bachelor's degree in Politics studies or a related area e.g. other social science degrees. On occasion, we will also consider a good 2:1 Bachelor's degree from a non social science area.
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About us

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

The School was formed in 2010 as part of a major reorganization of the academic structures across the University. Five departments covering more than a dozen subject areas joined together to make up the School. In our research and in our teaching we explore culture and society from the origins of humanity to modern day politics.

We are a community of scholars working across a vast number of disciplines and united by our research interests in history and heritage, languages and literatures, and power, conflict and conflict resolution.

The School undertakes the following areas of study:-

  • History
  • Irish Studies
  • Politics
  • Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
  • Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
  • Archives and Records Management

Department of Politics

The Department of Politics is very well established, having been founded over 60 years ago. Today the Department benefits from its experience and longevity by offering a range of dynamic, specialist postgraduate programmes in areas such as Political Science and International Relations, International Relations and Security, and Contemporary Europe. We also have an expanding doctoral college that is able to offer supervision in a wide range of areas from British Politics to Middle Eastern studies.

Indeed, research expertise in the Department is continually expanding which covers Political Science research methods, Political Communication (rhetorical/oratorical studies), Local Government (Scouse identity, Liverpool, and Merseyside), Northern Ireland studies, race, LGBTQ studies, International Studies, Comparative Politics, Populism, Health and Political Engagement, Security Studies, Gender and Sexuality, ethics, religion, and Political Theory. Our researchers in the Department of Politics are world-leading experts in their respective research fields.

Our scholars regularly publish in high-impact academic journals, authored books, and edited collections as well as engage with national and international media outlets. We also regularly interact with politicians through providing advice for legislation in the House of Commons as well as quaisi-judicial bodies and international organisations. We are also active in the Political Studies Association (PSA) – for example, we are delighted to host the PSA specialist group in Conservatism Studies, and the PSA specialist group in Politics and History (convened by Dr David Jeffery). Our academics are also active in the PSA Early Careers Network, the Royal Historical Society, the Classical Association, and the British International Studies Association (BISA).


Department address

Department of Politics
Roxby Building
Liverpool
L69 7ZR

Telephone: +44 (0)151 794 2893

Fax: +44 (0)151 794 3948

Email: pgrecruitment@liv.ac.uk