Online Microcredential in Politics & Society

International Relations: Politics in Turbulent Times

Explore key political challenges confronting diplomacy in the 21st century and enhance your knowledge of modern global politics.

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The University of KentThe University of Kent

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Master the cutting-edge issues in modern international relations

Guided by thought-leaders in international relations at the University of Kent, this microcredential will provide you with a vital understanding of the complexities and nuances of international politics in the 21st century.

As well as gaining a cutting-edge understanding of modern international relations, you’ll also be armed with the tools to disentangle real information from fake news.

Expand your knowledge of modern international relations and today’s political challenges

From the coronavirus pandemic, to culture wars between liberals and conservatives, trade wars between the US and China, and an avalanche of ‘fake news’ on social media – global politics is currently going through an unprecedented state of upheaval.

Being able to navigate and master this political maze is now recognised as a key skill by employers in governance, finance, and any organisation with international connections and operations.

Explore the global issues that matter

You’ll get in-depth academic insight into pressing international issues, including the crisis of neoliberalism, climate change, culture wars, the realities of modern warfare, and the issues posed by ‘analogue’ governance in a ‘digital’ age.

This microcredential is designed to give you core training in deconstructing, assessing, and analysing the global trends that will define politics and business in the 2020s and beyond.

Moreover, it’s made to be taken part time, 100% online – meaning you can upskill alongside your work and at your own pace.

Examine key cybersecurity threats and the challenges of internet governance

As the United States’ control over the international order wanes and the post-Cold War order crumbles in the face of multiple crises, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of the sociopolitical challenges arising from cyber security and technological change.

You’ll learn about the politics of cyberspace and consider how states can respond to these present cyber threats, and how diplomacy can best function in the digital age.

Why study politics and international relations?

As business and politics become ever-more global, there is increasing demand for employees with a grasp of global issues, and a deep understanding of contemporary debates in politics and economics.

What careers can this course lead to?

This course would benefit anyone working or looking to work in sectors where an understanding of international relations matters. This includes governance, NGOs, PR and media, marketing, finance, diplomacy, civil service, thinktanks, or consultancy.

Will I earn a politics qualification?

Yes. You’ll come away with a politics and international relations qualification from the University of Kent, certified by their world-leading research centre.

What skills will you learn?

  • Undertake research and analysis
  • Make arguments and advocate solutions
  • Learn to be self-critical and reflective
  • Professional and academic communication
  • Good written fluency
  • Understand the politics of cyberspace

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate a keen critical understanding of core contemporary debates regarding a post-Cold War international order and its future direction.
  • Identify the means by which states can conduct diplomacy in an integrated, globalised international environment.
  • Assess the significant challenges facing the international community.
  • Evaluate the challenges of regulating global issues.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To join this microcredential you will require an existing undergraduate degree (which does not need to be subject related), and fluency in writing and speaking English.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential will appeal to anyone interested in studying international relations, or working in a field where a detailed, accredited knowledge of contemporary politics will give you a competitive advantage.

This would include careers in NGOs, local and international media, PR, marketing, civil service, diplomatic corps, thinktanks, and consultancy.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or information relating to your microcredential.

  • Course 1

    From 18 Jan 2021

    Geopolitical Rivalry

    This course investigates tectonic shifts in geopolitical tensions.

    4 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 2

    From 15 Feb 2021

    Diffusion of Power

    This course critiques the manner in which the form and function of power has changed since 1945 to today.

    4 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 3

    From 15 Mar 2021

    The Periphery of Governance

    This course considers the spaces at the boundaries of global governance.

    4 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from the University of Kent. You’ll have ongoing, unlimited access to the course materials.

What you will receive

15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The University of Kent

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European University, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.

Delivered by experts

Dr Gareth Mott is a lecturer in Security and Intelligence at the University of Kent. Gareth teaches IR modules and is actively researching the convergence of technology, software and sociopolitics.

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When would you like to start?

We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Join on the date that suits you or register to hear from an enrolment advisor about future runs and updates.

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You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.