The School of Politics, History and International Relations is part of a global university with a thriving international student body, providing a unique environment for studying international relations. Our staff are internationally trained educators engaged in a broad range of cutting-edge, policy-relevant and curiosity-driven research. We aim to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamics that shape our world and empower them to critically analyse past events and current international issues. As such, our students engage with policymakers from international organisations and the public sector, and can also benefit from a range of internship and study abroad opportunities.
What is international relations?
There has never been a more relevant or exciting time to study politics and international relations on an Asian campus. Economic globalisation, social mobility and rapid changes in domestic, regional and global politics increasingly impact on our daily lives. International relations studies the complex relations between and among states, development, societies, individuals, identities and cultures in areas such as economics, law, politics and security. It considers some of the most burning questions of the day,such as: how power and resources are allocated on the international stage, where and when power is exercised and justified, who power is exercised for, and why it is exercised in the way it is. It also investigates deeper questions relatingto how we understand and conceptualise contemporary global transformations.
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How will you study?
Our teaching methods are designed to nurture deep knowledge of the field and to help you develop the transferable skills required to succeed in your future career. As well as lectures and seminars, our staff utilise films, role plays and simulations, often in problem-solving settings. You will be presented with a variety of challenges and types of assessment, including essays, exams, group projects, policy papers, presentations and reviews. The school specialises in small group teaching, which will enable you to explore the subject as it is practised – through intense debate and discussion.
Our faculty members are distinguished and passionate educators, renowned in their respective fields.
Students can be rest assured that they will be taught by experienced lecturers and professors who can bring a wealth of expertise and diverse perspectives to the classroom. We are committed to providing all our students with a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment that fosters critical thinking, guiding them towards success in their chosen field.
Career prospects and employability
Our degrees will equip you for a career in a variety of fields including aid and non-governmental sectors, finance and international businesses, foreign ministries, international media and journalism, international organisations, localand national government, lobbying and policy advice and think-tanks.
The analytical skills, research abilities, and ability to see through a global perspective developed through our programmes are highly valued in many fields. The school is building up its alumni network both to keep in contact as well as explore ways of connecting current students with alumni in the world of work after graduation.
What is the difference between political science, history and international relations?
Political science is the study of political systems, institutions, and behaviour at domestic and international levels. History looks at past events, cultures, and societies to gain insights into human experiences, which helps us understand how they have shaped the present.
International relations explores the interactions between nations and international organisations in the global arena.
What are the entry requirements to enrol in UNM’s political science, history and international relations courses?
This will depend on the programme you’re interested in. However, students typically need a pre-university qualification, such as a BBB in their A Level or STPM. Students who have just completed their secondary or high school education can opt to enrol in UNM’s Foundation in Arts and Education
for a direct entry pathway for these courses.
Can I pursue further studies or research in these fields after completing UNM’s politics, history or international relations courses?
Yes, our undergraduate programmes provide students with a strong foundation, which prepares students for advanced research and specialisations at the graduate level. Related master's and doctoral degrees at UNM include:
What are some of the benefits of taking up politics, history or international relations courses?
These courses are effective for developing critical thinking, research and communication skills, and cross-cultural understanding.
Students with these skills will be better able to analyse complex problems, understand diverse perspectives, engage in informed discussions and make informed decisions in both their professional and personal lives.
Additionally, these skills are transferable and valuable in many professional settings, and as a result, graduates of these courses are highly employable.
Are there any scholarships available for students enrolled in UNM’s international relations courses?
Yes, we offer several scholarships for students who are doing well academically. There is also financial aid for deserving students.
What are some of the support offered to individuals who are interested in pursuing international relations courses at UNM?
Who should consider international relations courses?
International relations courses are suitable for individuals who are interested in understanding global affairs, politics and the interactions between nations. Thus, this course is for you if:
You’re passionate about global issues.
You’re an aspiring diplomat or policymaker.
You’re interested in working for international organisations like the United Nations or World Bank.
You’re interested in global business and trade.
You’re interested in journalism and media and passionate about reporting on global events, conflicts, and international relations.
You are interested in academia and research in this field.
You want to develop a global perspective.