I would be grateful for information from anyone on what options there are for undertaking Masters degrees in International Relations (IR). My, highly-tenous, understanding is that something like the following options exist:
- - Part-time privately-funded study. Nice idea, but very difficult to combine with a full-time job. Lots of respect to those who manage it. (I've just completed a couple of years of low-level Open University IT & Computing courses and the idea of attempting a part-time Masters fills me with horror...)
- Full-time privately-funded study. CGS's Briefing Team came visited last year and mentioned that the introduction of "sabbatical" 'career breaks' is being considered. This might, for example, allow you to effectively take a year's unpaid leave, do a Masters and return to service. Worth considering, but a) this 'sabbatical' concept is still just a concept, and b) I'm still curious what in-service options there are.
- Pre-Staff College Masters. I gather there's some sort of Masters involved in the first year of the two-year Staff College course (is that "ACSC"?) I thought that was defence science-related though, not IR?
- MPhil at Cambridge. I attended a three-day IR course at Cambridge uni, and one of the professors there mentioned that every year 2 RN, 2 Army and 2 RAF officers are sponsored to undertake an MPhil in International Relations. I asked for further information, and read up a little, and it looks fascinating. I thought that it was something only available to really senior officers (Brig, Col, or Lt Cols post-unit command, at least), but he said that there have been Majors on the course in the past. Does anyone know more about this course, please?