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MSc in Gender and International Relations

Awards Available MSc
PG Diploma
Duration of programme One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available? Yes
Number of places 40

Programme overview

The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies is holding an open day on the 25th June - see here for further information

This programme interlocks with Bristol's world-leading research into the gendered character of world politics. It examines and deploys perspectives from feminism, gender studies, cultural studies, and sexuality studies, in conjunction with inter-disciplinary research in international political economy, civil-military relations, international development and the study of men and masculinities.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification). Degrees from all disciplines are considered. In exceptional cases we will consider offering Diploma entry, aiming for upgrade to MSc, for applicants with a lower second-class honours degree.

For information on international equivalent qualifications, please see our International Office website.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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Programme structure

The MSc programme lasts 50 weeks (September to September). It comprises six 12-week taught units, six assessed essays followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • Feminisms and International Relations
  • International Security or International Political Economy
  • Theories of International Relations

Optional units

Three optional units in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) from a list supplied during the academic year. Topics vary each year but may include:

  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Small Business Development
  • Managing and Evaluating Development
  • Development Skills in Practice
  • Environmental Politics
  • Politics of HIV/ AIDS in Africa
  • Governing the Global Borderlands
  • International Development Organisations
  • Masculinities and IR
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Militarisation, Militarism and War
  • Discourse Analysis
  • International Human Rights
  • Politics of Latin America
  • Sino-US Relations
  • East Asia and Global Development
  • Japan and East Asia
  • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
  • Rethinking the State
  • Global Civil Society
  • China's International Relations
  • Religion and Politics in the West
  • Globalisation and Culture
  • Narrating the Self
  • Interpreting Gender
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Popular music and society
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Care, Labour and Gender: International Policy Development
  • European Foreign Policy
  • Liberalism, Terror and the Politics of Insecurity
  • Nuclear (In)security

A list of current units is available on the SPAIS website.

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

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Apply online

Application deadline: Not fixed

Get in touch

Graduate Studies Administrator
School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
11 Priory Road

Tel: +44 (0) 117 331 7577

International students

Open to international students? Yes

English-language requirements:

Profile E

For details of this Profile please see the University's English Language Requirements Policy, in addition to the standard entry requirements.

Find information for international students on eligibility, funding options and studying at Bristol.

Fees and funding

2014/15 fees

Full-time: UK/EU £6,900;
overseas £14,600
Part-time: UK/EU £3,450;
overseas n/a
Fees are quoted per annum and are subject to annual increase.

Funding options

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office website.

Research Assessment Score

Unit of Assessment 39 applies. See Complete RAE listings for University of Bristol for further details.

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