MSc – International Relations

MSc – International Relations

Synopsis

The MSc (International Relations) programme offers an integrative set of courses that aims to equip students with the ability to understand international relations theories and develop their own concepts to deal with real-world situations.

Objectives

The MSc (International Relations) programme is designed to help students better comprehend the ever-changing international scene. It aims to:

  • Develop analytical skills on a wide range of international and transnational issues in an increasingly complex world
  • Integrate theory with policy across the spectrum from traditional issues of military security to non-traditional concerns such as energy and food security
  • Inculcate a systematic understanding of the relationships among states and non-state actors in a globalised international system
  • Provide a sound basis for policy analysis in new and creative ways appropriate in an everchanging policy environment

Relevance

Present-day international relations is no longer the exclusive preserve of war, peace and strategic diplomacy. The “high politics” of yesteryear have expanded in scope to accommodate an array of concerns, encompassing international trade and investment, ethnic conflict, terrorism and insurgency, and “non-traditional” security issues relating to the environment, energy, water and health. All of these are inter-related, often in complex and multi-dimensional ways. Against this backdrop, the management of conflict and the search for equity and justice are becoming more challenging by the day. The traditional approach to security is being subsumed by newer concepts such as comprehensive security. At the same time, global and regional multilateral institutions are experimenting with new techniques of dealing with conflict, such as preventive diplomacy and humanitarian intervention, often with mixed results.

Benefits

It is vital for professionals in the field of international relations to not only be conversant with the intricacies of new concepts and theories, but also to be well-acquainted with the intricacies of strategic planning, design and policy analysis. This is not restricted to makers of public policy. Such knowledge is now essential for corporate planners, members of non-government organisations, journalists and academics.

Admission Guidelines

When to Apply

Online applications for RSIS MSc programmes commencing in July 2016 ( AY 2016/2017) will be open from 1st October 2015 to 29 February 2016. To be considered for the July 2016 intake, please submit your online application and all supporting documents by 11:59pm (Singapore time) on 29 February 2016.

Applications for the Warwick-NTU Double Masters Programme are open all year round – information about the application process and admissions policy are available here.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a Singapore university or overseas equivalent
  • Standardised Test Scores: test scores for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be submitted by all applicants except those with undergraduate degrees from universities where English was the medium of instruction. A TOEFL Test Score of minimum 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) or a IELTS score of minimum 7.0. are required. Test dates must be within two years or less from the date of your application.
  • A university letter stating that English was the medium of instruction must be provided by all candidates whose undergraduate degrees were taught entirely in English but in a non-English speaking country
  • A provisional degree certificate or a university letter stating the expected graduation date is required for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate studies. The original degree certificate must be provided for verification at the point of matriculation, otherwise candidates will not be admitted to the masters programme
  • A 2:1 UK degree (or overseas equivalent) in Political Science or a related subject for applicants to the Warwick-NTU Double Masters Programme

The Selection Committee will evaluate candidates’ past academic performance, TOEFL/IELTS scores, statement of purpose, essay on an issue of national/international importance, referee reports and work experience when making their decision.

Important Notes to Applicants

1)If you are applying to more than one RSIS MSc programme, please submit all applications under the same application number and send us only one set of supporting documents for all programmes. Please ensure you have ranked the programmes you are applying for in your order of preference in the application form.

2) Please read all instructions given carefully before completing the online application form. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

3) Applicants to the MSc programmes are to submit their supporting documents as listed in Step 4 of theHow to Apply page.

4) Documents submitted to support your application are non-returnable. Kindly send only clearly legible photocopies of documents. Do not submit original documents. The School will not be responsible for the loss, damage or return of original documents submitted.

5) Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of May.

Curriculum

 


Core Courses

IR6001 The Study of International Relations
IR6029 Foreign Policy Analysis

Primary Courses

IR6003 Critical Security Studies
IR6004 International Relations of Northeast Asia
IR6005 International Relations of South Asia
IR6006 The Study of Institutions
IR6015 Japanese Foreign Policy
IR6020 European Union and Contemporary European Security
IR6023 An Introduction to International Law
IR6024 International Human Rights Law
IR6025 Global Governance
IR6028 Current Topics and Controversies in U.S. Foreign Policy
IR6030 The International Politics of Islam: Ideas, Actors and Contemporary Issues
IR6031 International Politics of Communication

Elective Courses

AS6001 Comparative Politics of Asia
AS6000 The International History of Asia
AS6007 Government and Politics of Southeast Asia
AS6008 Maritime Security and Territorial Disputes in the Indo-Pacific
AS6010 State and Politics in Modern Indonesia
AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia
AS6013 State, Society and Politics in China
AS6015 Non-Traditional Security Issues in Asia
AS6020 Islam, State and Society in Southeast Asia
IP6000 Theories and Issues in International Political Economy
IP6001 Economics for International Political Economy
IP6008 A Globalizing China in the World Economy
IP6009 Monitoring Forecasting & Managing Country Risk and Economic Crisis
IP6015 Quantitative Methods in the Study of International Politics
IP6016 Energy and Environment Issues
IP6018 Regional and Global Financial Crisis
IP6019 Political Economy: Classical Theories of Market and State
IP6021 International Economic Institutions & International Economic Policies
IP6022 Indonesian Economy
IP6025 Comparative Political Economy
IP6026 Introduction to the Political Economy of Southeast Asia
IP6027 Political Risk Analysis
IP6030 The Political Economy of Economic Development and Integration in Asia
S6005 The Analysis of Defence/Security Policies
S6010 Technology and Military Innovation: A Revolution In Military Affairs Defense Transformation or Something Else?
S6014 The Evolution of Strategic Thought
S6016 The Study of War
S6019 Terrorism Intelligence and Homeland Security
S6024 Problems in Combating Insurgency and Terrorism
S6028 Countering Religiously-Motivated Terrorism in Southeast Asia: Issues and Challenges
S6029 Nuclear Politics in Asia
S6031 Globalisation, Arms-Racing and Naval Development in the Asia Pacific
S6034 Jihadist Strategic Thought and Practice
S6035 Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Modern Asian Politics
S6037 Selected Issues in Terrorism and Counterterrorism
S6038 Conflicts in the Digital Age: Information and Cyber Warfare
S6039 Ethics of War
S6040 Intelligence in Peace and War
S6041 Comparative Civil-Military Relations: In Theory and Practice

MBA Elective Courses

Click here for MBA Elective course descriptions.

B6058 Technology Platforms and Digital Business Strategy
B6084 Global Risk Analysis
B6260 Global Financial Markets, Institutions and MNCs
B6602 Sustainable Business Operations
B6631 Strategic Technology & Innovation Management
B6834 Strategy Implementation
B6840 Emerging Markets Strategy

MACC (Master of Arts in Contemporary China) Elective Courses

Click here for MACC Elective course descriptions.

CC6001 The Making of Modern China: Historical and Social Perspectives
CC6002 China’s Economy in Transformation
CC6101 China’s Role in the Global Economy
CC6103 International Trade and China: Strategies and Issues
CC6105 The Dynamics of Investment in Greater China
CC6106 Changing Government-Business Relations in China
CC6191 Special Topic in Economy & Business: Decisions Under Uncertainty, Insurance Theory and China’s Insurance Markets
CC6202 Political Ideology and Discourse in Modern China
CC6204 Chinese Foreign Policy
CC6206 Cross-Taiwan Straits Relations
CC6290 Special Topics in Politics & International Relations: The Rise of China
CC6291 Special Topics in Politics & International Relations: Political Theories of China’s Economic Reforms
CC6300 Social Change and Inequality in Contemporary China
CC6302 Media in China: Political and Economic Implications
CC6304 Reading Contemporary China Through Literature
CC6305 Religion in Contemporary China
CC6390 Special Topics in Society and Culture: Trans-national Chinese Cinema

Admission Guidelines

When to Apply

Online applications for RSIS MSc programmes commencing in July 2016 ( AY 2016/2017) will be open from 1st October 2015 to 29 February 2016. To be considered for the July 2016 intake, please submit your online application and all supporting documents by 11:59pm (Singapore time) on 29 February 2016.

Applications for the Warwick-NTU Double Masters Programme are open all year round – information about the application process and admissions policy are available here.

Tuition Fees

MSc (Asian Studies), MSc (International Political Economy), MSc (International Relations) and MSc (Strategic Studies)

The following fees will apply for academic year 2016-2017.

Tuition Fees  
Singapore Citizens/PRs (Subsidised Fees) S$ 9,300
International Students (Subsidised Fees) S$ 13,900
Full Fees S$ TBC

 

The following fees apply for academic year 2015-2016.

Tuition Fees  
Singapore Citizens/PRs (Subsidised Fees) S$ 9,200
International Students (Subsidised Fees) S$ 12,900
Full Fees S$ 29,150

Eligibility Guidelines for Ministry of Education Tuition Fee Subsidies

  • All applicants will be considered for the tuition fee subsidy if they are eligible.
  • Students who have previously enjoyed an MOE subsidy in a graduate programme will not be eligible for subsidised fees for a graduate programme at the same or lower level. Instead, such students will be liable to pay “Full Fees” for the graduate programme that they now wish to undertake.
  • Students who are transferred or re-admitted within NTU or across Autonomous Universities (NTU, NUS, SMU) will be eligible to receive the MOE subsidy up to the maximum programme duration for the new programme less the number of semesters of MOE subsidy received for the previous programme.

The following fees will apply for academic year 2015-2016 at Warwick University and academic year 2016-2017 at RSIS. Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Other Fees

Fee payable upon Acceptance of Offer of Admission

Fee Amount (S$) 
 Enrolment Fee#  500.00

#Non-refundable and payable upon acceptance of offer of admission.  This amount is included as part of the tuition fee.

a.  By sending a cheque (for local candidates) or bankdraft (for international candidates) to the RSIS’s Graduate Programmes Office (address indicated below).  The cheque/bankdraft must be made payable to ‘Nanyang Technological University’ in Singapore dollars with your name, address, contact number, application number and the programme applied for written on the reverse side of the cheque/bankdraft.  For international candidates, payment should be made by bankdraft with a clearing bank in Singapore.

Graduate Programmes Office

 

S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies

 

Nanyang Technological University

 Blk S4, Level B3

Nanyang Avenue

Singapore 639798

 

b.  Alternatively, you may pay via internet using your VISA/Master Cart at:

http://wis.ntu.edu.sg/webexe88/owa/rsis_fees.form

c.  The payment receipt of E-Payment Acknowledgement from NTU for the Enrolment Fee must be submitted directly to school.

Miscellaneous Fee

Registration Fee – non-refundable (payable once only on admission) S$64.20
IT Facilities – non-refundable (payable per academic year) S$18.19
Student Matriculation Card Fee – non-refundable S$10.70
Sports Fee – (per academic year for full-time students only) S$57.70
Insurance  
Group Hospitalisation & Surgical Insurance (GHSI) Scheme

 

Mandatory for all full-time international students and Singapore Permanent Residents.  Singaporean full-time graduate studetns are automatically covered under this scheme unless they opt out.

 
Group Personal Accident Insurance (GPAI) Scheme

 

All full-time graduate students are automatically covered under this scheme unless they opt out

 
Medical Scheme

 

All full-time graduate students are automatically under this scheme unless they opt out

 
Examination Fee (payable once only on admission) $160.50
Amenities Fee (payable per academic year for full-time students only) $38.50
Copyright Fee (payable per academic year) $13.00

 

(full-time students)

  $6.50

 

(part-time students)

  • The miscellaneous fees will be incorporated into student’s bill together with the tuition fee.  No payment need to be made before matriculation.
  • The above miscellaneous fees paid are not refundable.  Candidates who withdraw from the programme after having registered but before the commencement fo the term will still be liable for the above fees.
  • The Tuition Fee and miscellaneous fees are to be paid only upon receipt of the E-bill from NSS-Finance.  The bill will be sent to candidates after they have registered formally with the University.
  • Candidates who withdraw from the programme within the first 2 weeks of the first semester shall not be liable for the Tuition Fee, Examination Fee, Amenities Fee and Copyright Fee.  Candidates who withdraw from the programme after th esecond week shall be liable for payment of Tuition Fee, Examination Fee, Amenities Fee and Copyright Fee due for the entire term.
  • All fees listed above are in Singapore dollars (S$) and are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST), except for copyright fee which does not have GST.

Financial Assistance

Scholarships and Awards

Lee Foundation RSIS Scholarship

The Lee Foundation RSIS Scholarships are open to Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents and international candidates to pursue a full-time Master of Science programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should have an excellent academic record a very good command of the English Language.

Terms and Conditions

Each scholarship is tenable for one year only for full-time MSc (Asian Studies), MSc (International Political Economy), MSc (International Relations) and MSc (Strategic Studies) programmes. Successful candidates are expected to complete their studies within the tenable period. There is no employment bond attached to the scholarship.

Each scholarship shall cover the following:

  • A monthly stipend;
  • A return air-ticket (economy class) from home country to Singapore (if applicable);
  • Tuition and other compulsory fees (as specified by NTU).

How to apply

  • Applications for the Lee Foundation RSIS Scholarship open on 1st October and close on 31stJanuary. The application form can be obtained here.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by June.

ASEAN Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship is open to nationals of member countries of ASEAN* (except Singapore) to pursue a designated full-time Masters degree by coursework and dissertation at NTU (* ASEAN or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations consists of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).

Selection Criteria

  • Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply
  • Excellent academic record
  • A very good command of the English language
  • At least 2 years of working experience
  • You should not be on paid employment or accept paid employment or concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship, bursary or top-up allowance during the prescribed period of the award

Terms and Conditions

Each scholarship is tenable for one year only for full-time MSc programmes. Successful candidates are expected to complete their studies within the tenable period. There is no bond attached to the scholarship. No deferment of scholarship awarded will be allowed. Awards that are not taken up will be given to other qualified candidates.

Each scholarship shall cover the following:

  • Monthly stipend of S$1,350.00
  • Book allowance of S$500.00
  • Tuition fee, health insurance, examination fee and other approved fees, allowances and expenses
  • Cost of travel from home country to Singapore on award of the scholarship
  • Cost of travel from Singapore to home country on successful completion of the Masters degree within the tenable period of the scholarship

How to apply

Application for the Scholarship opens in November and closes in December each year. Invitations for applications will be placed here.

Bakrie Centre Foundation Graduate Fellowship

RSIS welcomes applications for the Bakrie Graduate Fellowships. Four scholarships from the Bakrie Center Foundation will be available each academic year. Bakrie Graduate Fellowships are open to Indonesian students as well as students from other Southeast Asia countries.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should have an excellent academic record with GPA of at least 3.50, good command of the English language, assessed to have outstanding potential for leadership in government, business, or civil society after graduation.

Terms and Conditions

Each Fellowship is tenable for one-year only for full-time students in the program. The successful candidate is expected to complete his/her studies within the tenable period.

Each scholarship shall cover the following:

  • A monthly stipend;
  • A book allowance (one-time payment only);
  • A return air-ticket (economy class) from home country to Singapore (if applicable);
  • Tuition and other compulsory fees (as specified by NTU)

How to apply

  • Applications for the Bakrie Graduate Fellowship open on 1st October and close on 31st January. The application form can be obtained here.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by June.

Terrorism Analyst Study Award

A number of Terrorism Analyst Study Awards will be offered each academic year. Full time international and part-time local students enrolled in any of the MSc programmes are eligible to apply, subject to selection by the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR). All terrorism study award recipients shall conduct research at the ICPVTR while pursuing their MSc Programmes over two academic years.

Terms and Conditions

Successful applications will be required to do at least 3 electives modules selected by ICPVTR from the Certificate in Terrorism Studies (CTS) track and also write their dissertation on a terrorism-related topic. Applicants not opting to do the dissertation will be required to do at least 4 selected elective modules from the CTS track.

Each Study Award shall cover the following:

  • A monthly stipend; and
  • Tuition and other compulsory fees (as specified by NTU)

How to apply

  • Apply for the Masters programme of choice online.
  • Applications for the Terrorism Analyst Study Awards open on 1st October and close on 31stJanuary. The application form can be obtained here.
  • Only successful applicants will be notified by June.

Student Research Assistantship

A number of Student Research Assistantships will be awarded each academic year. These are only for selected full-time students enrolled in any of the MSc programmes. Student Research Assistants assist RSIS Faculty in a wide range of activities pertaining to research. There is no bond attached to the Student Research Assistantship.

Terms and Conditions

As a Student RA you may not accept paid employment or hold concurrently any other scholarship, fellowships, bursary or top-up allowance without prior approval of the Head (Graduate Studies) of the School. You must ensure that you do not have any outstanding obligations in relation to any scholarship, grant, subsidy or similar award that you may have been given previously by any other organization, such as employment bonds or undischarged financial damages, before you accept this offer from the School.

Each Student Research Assistantship shall cover the following:

  • A monthly stipend; and
  • Your tuition and other compulsory fees (as specified by NTU)

How to apply

  • Applications for the Student Research Assistantship open on 1st October and close on 31stJanuary. The application form can be obtained here.
  • Only successful applicants will be notified by June.

Tuition Fee Loans

Candidates enrolled in coursework programmes are eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to 90% of the tuition fee payable by Singapore citizens. However, students holding scholarships are not eligible to apply for the loan.

Please find more information here.

Contact Details

For enquiries related to our graduate programmes, please send your email to rsisprogrammes@ntu.edu.sg.