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Welcome to MA International Relations

Before you arrive in September:

Supporting Your Success

Visit the University Supporting You webpages to find out more about all our teams. The core teams you should find out about include:

Make a note of those teams that you think will be particularly helpful. Discussing these with your Personal Tutor during your 1:1 meeting with them will help you make a good start to your academic year.

Check your Welcome and Induction Week Timetable.

MA International Relations



Read the Welcome Guide

Welcome Guide 2020-2021

Getting to Know You (Session 1)

Date: Thursday 3rd September 2020

Time: 12 noon


What the live session will cover: 

As all of you will have already spent three of more years at a University, we will use this session to introduce ourselves to each other and then to  explore the differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study and consider the expectations intellectually and academically with respect to the MA in International Relations.

Introduction to Learning and Teaching on your Programme (Session 2)

Date: Thursday 10th September 2020

Time: 12 noon


What the live session will cover: 

Firstly we will review the several approaches to the teaching of MA IR and the kind of theoretical and empirical work in which we will engage and then, by way of familiarising yourselves with Library facilities we will locate a specified reading which the MA IR group will discuss. This will enable our group to get a measure of the styles of interaction and reflection that the programme wishes to encourage.

Supporting Your Success (Session 3)

Date: Thursday 17th September 2020

Time: 12 noon


What the live session will cover:  

Having evaluated the various services of on offer that help support the student experience, we will then explore the timetable and the nature of each module to help finalise module choice. Once more there will be an opportunity to have 1:1s with the Course Leader.

You will have an opportunity to ask those questions that you haven’t yet found an answer to.

Welcome Video

Links & Documents

Your Programme Leader

Programme Leader's Name



I look forward to meeting you during welcome and induction week. During welcome and induction week, we have designed a programme of events and activities designed to give you the very best start to your time here by introducing you to university life and help you to settle in quickly.  Please check your welcome and induction week timetable online to ensure you attend all of the sessions as this is your opportunity to meet your personal tutor, myself and your fellow course mates. 


Resources & Activities

Learning Development Activities

Core texts available free online through our Library


Preparing For Your First Year Of Study

Top five study tips from the Learning Development team!
How can I study successfully at the University of Northampton? Your top five tips from the Learning Development Team:
1. Be Prepared

Becoming a university student requires you to step up your independent learning skills. You need to be able to plan, research and write assignments on your own, which may be something you have not done before. Read through Palgrave's tips for Personal Effectiveness and Independent Study to learn more about the skills you will start to develop as a new undergraduate. 

2. Invest in a planner

Independent learning means that you are in control of your timetable and how you spend your time, so use your time wisely. You will be given times and locations of seminars, workshops and other sessions you have to attend as part of your course at the start. You will also need to allocate time for reading, researching and completing assignments, as well as for all your social activities: get a head start by watching our video What is time management?

3. Fine tune your voice

You might worry that you will not be able to write at the level expected of a university student. At the University of Northampton we take this into consideration and provide lots of support to help you. Go to our online support for academic writing for further guidance. 

4. Get into an argument

Writing critically and developing an argument for your essays and reports is a skill that you will develop throughout your first year of university. Review the guide on how to write more critically to help you understand the process to enhance your critical thinking

5. Know who can help you

Going to university is exciting but it can also be a challenge. We know that students may need a helping hand at any time during their studies, which is why we are here to help. You can book an appointment with a Learning Development tutor for help and guidance with study skills or academic writing, as well as support with maths and statistics. Find out more about the services on offer at the Learning Development page on Skills Hub. You can also find out more about other sources of 1-2-1 help - including our academic librarians - by going to our Study Support page.