11 June 2015

Queen Mary University of London(QMUL) has announced a new educational partnership with the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). The partnership will see the introduction in September 2015 of a new Masters programme in International Relations, based in Paris.

According to Professor Morag Shiach, Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences) at Queen Mary University of London, the announcement represents “a further strengthening of a longstanding academic and research collaboration between QMUL and ULIP”.

“Our growing portfolio in Paris reflects the success and popularity of the existing LLM (Masters in Law), which was the first ULIP programme to award qualifications from Queen Mary University of London. This new programme will build on the success of that initiative; the course content and curriculum are designed and delivered by world-class academics from QMUL, and students will graduate with an internationally recognised qualification from a global top 100 university,” said Professor Shiach.

The new MA in International Relations is concerned with analysing the key issues and concepts in world politics. Students will be immersed in a range of applied and theoretical topics including war and security, globalisation and development, and US foreign policy.

According to Professor Adam Fagan, head of the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, the programme combines “immersive teaching, personalised tutorials, and flexible learning”.

“We’ve designed the programme in a way that accommodates and recognises students’ existing professional commitments. Students will take four intensive master classes in Paris, and the remainder of the programme is delivered via a specially designed programme of online learning and assessment,” said Professor Fagan.

Tim Gore, CEO at ULIP said:

“ULIP has an academic mission that connects the UK with France and its spheres of influence through the study of the civil society, language and literature of Paris, France and the Francophone world. We’re very excited about our collaboration with the QMUL’s School of Politics and International Relations, one of the best in the UK. With our 120 year history in Franco-British relations we are keenly aware of the importance of understanding international relations and related disciplines to the stability and prosperity of the modern world. We are in a unique situation in the political heart of Paris to offer this stimulating programme.”

Applications for the new MA International Relations Paris Masters courses are open for the September 2015 intake, and full details – including entry requirements and module options – are available on the QMUL website.

ULIP also offers the MA in Paris Studies (History and Culture), which explores the cultural, artistic, literary, political and historical dimensions of the city as well as undergraduate programmes in French and French with History. More information about undergraduate and postgraduate ULIP programmes is available here.


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About Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK’s leading universities, and one of the largest institutions in the University of London, with 20,260 students from more than 150 countries. A member of the Russell Group, we work across the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering, with inspirational teaching directly informed by our research - in the most recent national assessment of the quality of research, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014).

We also offer something no other university can: a stunning self-contained residential campus in London’s East End. As well as our home at Mile End, we have campuses at Whitechapel, Charterhouse Square and West Smithfield dedicated to the study of medicine, and a base for legal studies at Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

We have a rich history in London with roots in Europe’s first public hospital, St Barts; England’s first medical school, The London; one of the first colleges to provide higher education to women, Westfield College; and the Victorian philanthropic project, the People’s Palace at Mile End.

Today, as well as retaining these close connections to our local community, we are known for our international activities, and have research and teaching partnerships with leading universities around the world. This includes two very successful and long-standing joint partnerships with the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and Nanchang University. QMUL has an annual turnover of £350m, a research income worth £100m, and generates employment and output worth £700m to the UK economy each year.

About University of London Institute in Paris:

The Institute is uniquely placed to provide the ideal base for French studies- the very fact that we are based in Paris itself gives students access not only to state-of-the-art facilities but a direct link with the city, its people and its culture. Our programmes relate directly to contemporary French and Francophone society as well as providing deep insight into the history that made these cultures. Classes deal with up to date developments and the immediate issues affecting what is happening literally on our doorstep.

The syllabus in Paris is designed so that materials are presented to students with a variety of international backgrounds and perspectives united in their common desire to understand France today,- its infinitely rich history, its standing in the modern world and the challenges it faces for the future. But more than this, ULIP offers insights not only into France but is situated at the centre of Europe- and thereby provides a genuinely international experience for our students.