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City University London

City University London was founded in the late 19th century, and it continues to draw praise for its strong research-based programmes. It offers a full schedule of degree programmes, including a pair of particularly attractive courses in the international affairs sector taught by some of the world’s leading experts on international affairs.

London is about as international as a city can be, especially in terms of politics and global policy. Students with their sights set on international careers in finance, politics or policy making will find a good fit at City. Modules take an interdisciplinary approach to learning, inviting external experts to lead workshops, analyze global events and offer behind-the-scenes insight into the work of international organizations and governmental ministries.


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But it is not all lectures and workshops at City. As a student, you will also have the chance to get involved in extracurricular activities that reinforce learning. Past examples have included seminars on the Middle East and a career day hosted expressly for students on an international politics track.

City University London has strong international appeal, a fact that enhances the academic experience for students studying global political issues. With such a diverse student body and range of academic programmes on offer, the City campus is essentially a living, breathing laboratory for international affairs students.

There is little that matches studying global politics and international relations in London. This is one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic capitals, with world leaders and policymakers convening here on a regular basis. For students at City University, this provides opportunities to learn from example, analyze developments in international politics and actually get involved with global initiatives related to everything from the environment to human rights.

Students learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and student presentations, and the academic experience will be bolstered through personal tutorials. The following are City University London’s two major international affairs programmes:

Global Political Economy
This Master of Arts programme takes students on an in-depth tour of global economic structures and processes. The course is divided into two main modules: one on global governance and another on global political economy. Other modules contribute to this foundation. Students can choose from migration, international institutions and global finance and civil society.

Recently, policymaking and diplomacy was added as an optional module. Instructors come from mixed backgrounds – some are highly active scholars, others seasoned practitioners. Classes in this module are engaging and highly popular with students.

Throughout this course, students focus on societal changes that result from globalization. Recurrent issues include disease and security, development and inequality and migration and cultural identity. Obviously, the state of the global economy is currently a more pronounced issue than it has been in decades, so the issues covered in this class are highly relevant. Check out this video to see Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova discussing the global financial crisis:

This programme is especially well suited for non-economists who need to develop proficiency in explaining, analyzing and addressing geopolitical economic issues. Graduates go on to work in public and private sectors for financial institutions, media outlets, developmental agencies and transnational corporations.

International Politics
While international politics is not a new field of study, it has certainly taken on new dimensions and greater importance in recent years. Globalization increasingly puts nations in closer contact with each other, leaving their governments and leaders with complicated issues to navigate. Poverty, economic development, disease, terrorism and human rights are leading issues on this programme.

In the process of earning a Master of Arts in International Politics, students are equipped with the analytical tools necessary to evaluate contemporary global issues. They explore multiple facets of politics, including its theory, history and the social movements that propel it. Issues addressed in class are highly relevant and often controversial.

It is no surprise that experts in international politics are highly marketable on today’s multinational career stage. Graduates go on to teach, become journalists, join the civil service, launch NGOs and work with international financial institutions.


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Asian Perspective
Both of the above programmes enjoy broad international enrollment. During the 2011-2012 school year, students hailed from 31 different countries. Many of these came from China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand. Across all academic programmes, more than 160 countries are represented at the university.

There is a great deal to attract Asian grad students to London. In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, the rise of Asian economies has been undeniable. Western nations are much more interested in forging more involved relationships with rising Asian powers. Likewise, companies across Europe and North America are actively seeking to establish a stronger brand presence across Asia. Students who come from Asia but have a strong foundation in Western culture are ideally positioned to serve as liaison between these two hemispheres.

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