History and International Studies by Distance Learning

Online teaching

Our virtual learning environment connects you to your tutors and fellow students

Full and part-time study

Flexible study options that fit around your existing work and family commitments

Experienced subject specialists

Learn from expert tutors with knowledge and experience in your chosen course

Specialise on our International Studies postgraduate courses

Our postgraduate courses enable you to understand and engage with the modern world. We’ll help you become a professional global citizen, prepared for the unpredictable future opportunities and challenges of a rapidly changing, globalised world. 

Our International Studies & History MA courses boasts a range of optional study pathways to help you focus your studies on a particular area of expertise. 

How to apply

Applicants interested in our study pathways should apply for the relevant core MA and select a pathway once accepted onto the course. All MAs and their pathways can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.  All MAs and their pathways can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Pathways are also available as PG Cert or PG Dip level.

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MA International History

Learn our global story and the craft of history on our core MA. You can take a rounded route, or specialise in the following areas:

Genocide Studies

Bring specialist knowledge on genocide investigation into your MA.


Specialise in the history of intelligence with world-leading expertise.

View International History MA
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MA International Relations

Better understanding the workings of the modern international system.


Understand the key role of intelligence within the international system.

View International Relations MA
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MA International Security

Explore the logic of international security in a changing world.


Understand how terrorism affects the logic of security today.


Specialise in the impact of intelligence on modern security issues.

View International Security MA
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Specialist MA courses for UK HM Forces

We have a large portfolio of specialist HM Forces courses that are designed to further your career.

Specialise in:

  • International History 
  • Security 
  • International Relations
View HM Forces courses

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What our students say

The distance and financial cost of having to get to travel to university wouldn’t have worked for me, so to be able to do it from home was a huge pull. I wouldn’t have done this MA were it not for that fact that I could do it at home. The online library is a brilliant resource. Most of my dissertation was put together using resources form the online library. You also get to know people. That's what’s really interesting about distance learning, is that there’s a platform you can use to get to know each other which you would normally do in a classroom if you were physically based on campus.

Robert Trigg

MA International Relations graduate

Distance learning is extremely effective for those unable to commit to a regular location. The pace and content of my course were excellent and very engaging for someone like me, who’d been away from higher education for over two decades. My initial doubts as to whether I could return to postgraduate learning were soon overcome and I became part of a great community of distance learners. 

I can’t recommend Staffs enough to those thinking of a studying ‘from a distance’.

Ricardo Winkworth

MA International History graduate

For someone in my position - slightly older and working a full-time job alongside studying - distance learning was perfect. I was able to fit my studies around other commitments in a way that attending a traditional course simply wouldn’t have been possible.

The facilities and resources offered by distance learning at Staffs meant that I never felt isolated or overwhelmed.  The level of support I received cannot be understated. The ability to cultivate a community with like-minded people all over the world via the learning portal is invaluable.

Lucas Pollard

MA International History graduate

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