The overall aim of the programme is to provide students with a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of contemporary geopolitical issues by developing the knowledge and skills necessary to engaging the intersections of space, power and politics. This is particularly important in relation to pursuing careers in all sectors of government, NGOs, regional and international organisations, media, and many other fields.
In particular the programme will:
1) Provide advanced conceptual and analytic skills needed to engage the intersections of space, power and politics in a range of historic and contemporary issues.
2) Encourage students to develop a critical and analytical approach to problems shaping environments, places and landscapes; to challenge accepted wisdom about the role of spatiality in relation to political power in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
3) Enable students to engage with advanced research and analysis that registers the everyday and global geographies of power at work in a range of issues.
4) Enhance students transferable and intellectual skills and employability skills through independent learning and the pursuit of originality in tackling and solving problems.
Contemporary issues require advanced analysis that recognises the intersections of space, power and politics. From security challenges to cultural practices or climate change; from the global to the everyday, the connections between politics and space are increasingly complex. The MA Geopolitics at QUB is an innovative interdisciplinary programme that seeks to build the knowledge and skills needed to engage these challenges.
Taught by academic experts in Human Geography, Politics and International Relations, this new MA enables students to engage the intersections of geography and politics as they relate to power, culture and global issues. The programme builds knowledge in both the theory and practice of contemporary geopolitics across a range of major political and global arenas, and from a variety of conceptual and theoretical perspectives. Students are able to combine a strong grounding in current debates and developments in international political geography with opportunities to specialise in a range of issues such as security, conflict, gender, popular culture and climate change. Students will develop the advanced conceptual and analytic skills needed to engage the intersections of space, power and politics in a range of historic and contemporary issues. We encourage students to develop a critical and analytical approach to problems shaping environments, places and landscapes; to challenge accepted wisdom about the role of spatiality in relation to political power in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Students may engage this through a focus on particular issues, or a broad range of engagements that register the everyday and global geographies of power at work in a range of issues.
- Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).
World Class Facilities
- Queen’s was ranked 3rd out of 199 universities worldwide and 2nd out of 44 UK universities for our Graduate School. Politics was ranked joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity (Complete University Guide 2021). Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019). Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Research-led teaching by world leading experts who have been awarded grants by UK and EU funding bodies to undertake research on the intersections of geography and politics.
- With modules taught across disciplines of Geography, Politics, International Relations this PgDip offers students a unique opportunity to develop a grounding in multiple disciplines connected by shared concern with space, power, and politics. Training in advanced research methods and skills across the disciplines is built in to the core modules.
- This PgDip offers a unique breadth of core geopolitics modules rather than focussing on one issue area. For instance, students will be able to engage popular culture, technology, conflict, security, climate change, gender, and the intersections of these.
- The chance to apply theoretical insights to the real world through a range of assignments, fieldtrips, engagements with practitioners, guest speakers and seminars.
- Queen’s is ranked 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). 11% of the Queen’s student population are international students. Queen’s currently has over 3,000 international students from 85 different countries.
This Postgraduate Diploma provides advanced conceptual and analytic skills needed to engage the intersections of space, power and politics in a range of historic and contemporary issues. It will encourage students to develop a critical and analytical approach to problems shaping environments, places and landscapes; to challenge accepted wisdom about the role of spatiality in relation to political power in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Students will develop an ability to engage the everyday and global geographies of power at work in a range of issues. They will enhance transferable and intellectual skills and employability skills through independent learning and the pursuit of originality in tackling and solving problems. Students will acquire subject-specific skills (e.g. critical reasoning, identifying and solving problems) through participation in group seminars where they will engage in debate, discussion and listening, and in their assessments.
The programme has two different components: Core modules and Elective modules.
Students undertake two core modules in each taught semester, and a further optional module.
Each taught module is worth 20 CATS points. The Postgraduate Diploma requires successful completion of 120 CATS points.
Upon passing all taught modules, students enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma in Geopolitics may opt to transfer to the MA in Geopolitics and complete a 60CATS Dissertation over the summer.
Semester 1 In the Autumn Semester students undertake two required core modules and one optional module. Each module is worth 20 CATS.
• GGY7001 Critical Geopolitics
• HAP7001: Approaches and Debates in Research Design
OPTIONAL MODULES, one of which is taken:
• CSJ7007: The Legacy of Conflict
• PAI7039: Gender, Peace and Security
• PAI7051: Contemporary Security
• PAI7098: Democratic Challenges
• PAI7021: The politics of Northern Ireland
• PAI7038: Theories of Comparative Politics
• PHL7056: Global Ethics.
Semester 2 In the Spring Semester students undertake two required core modules and one optional module. Each module is worth 20 CATS.
• GGY7002 Geo-power: States, Sovereignty, Territory
• GGY7003: Culture and the Geopolitics of the Everyday
OPTIONAL MODULES, one of which is taken:
• CSJ7009: Conflict Mediation
• PAI7007: Global Terrorism
• PAI7027: Conflict Intervention
• PAI7030: International Political Economy
• PAI7032: Gender and politics
• PAI7036: Low Carbon Economies
• PAI7050: Ethnic Conflict and Consensus: the Power of Institutions
• PAI7052: Institutions and Politics of the EU
• PAI7100: Engaging Citizens in Democratic Institutions
• PHL7038: Philosophy of Conflict and War
• ANT7023: Anthropology of Conflict: Ireland and Beyond
People teaching you
This Postgraduate Diploma is a new course starting in September 2021.
Learning and Teaching
Upon successful completion of this course students will have gained knowledge and understanding, subject specific skills, and transferable and cognitive skills.
Through this course students will develop an ability to:
• Retrieve, sift and select information from a range of sources
• Comprehend and be able to deploy qualitative and quantitative research design.
Knowledge and Understanding.
Successful students will be able to demonstrate:
• Comprehensive and systematic knowledge and understanding of the key issues in the study of Geopolitics
• Familiarity with the range of key thinkers in the field of Geopolitics;
• Awareness of different methodological approaches, and a conceptual grasp of current research and advances of scholarship in the study of Geopolitics;
• Awareness of theoretical debates, and an appreciation of analytical frameworks and historical evolution of the area.
Learning and Teaching
You will be part of a community of learners situated across two academic Schools and will be able to avail of research activities and seminar series in both.
Vibrant debate and discussion forms a core part of class time. You will gain experience in applying qualitative and quantitative approaches to real world political concerns.
All teaching staff are at the forefront of contemporary research and debate in their fields.
Subject specific skills
Successful students will be able to
• Show evidence of understanding of the range of methodological approaches available to engage geopolitical issues; and be able to select appropriate techniques relative to overall research design;
• Locate political problems in particular spatial contexts and critically reflect on their production and possibilities for intervention.
• Apply conceptually informed forms of analysis to contemporary geopolitical problems and identify their practical political implications.
A wide range of transferable skills are developed through this course including an ability to:
• Constructively and critically engage the work of others
• Find, analyse, synthesise and evaluation information from a range of sources
• Work independently and in groups
• Problem solving
• Communication skills.
• Problem solving: applying research to real world political issues
• Communication skills: structure and communicate ideas and arguments effectively in oral and written forms.
Assessment associated with this course are outlined as below:
• Continuous assessment
• Written feedback is provided on all assessed work. Students also receive oral feedback in the classroom and in one-to-one meetings with lecturers.
Written feedback is provided on all assessed work. Students also receive oral feedback in the classroom and in one-to-one meetings with lecturers
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum 57%) or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subject or a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum 57%) or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject with relevant professional experience.
Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements may, at the discretion of the relevant programme convenor, be considered for admission on the basis of relevant work experience and/or an assessed piece of work.
The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £6,450 Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £6,450 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £7,250 EU Other 3 £17,700 International £17,700
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
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How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
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