Masters in International Relations

Studying international relations will give you the chance to gain a diverse perspective of the relationships between countries. You will also develop your knowledge around the complexities that come from those relations, particularly for countries that have contrasting cultures. Your course will focus on not only international relations theory, but also your ability to apply this knowledge in real-world situations, encouraging your professional development.

About International Relations


The accreditation of your international relations course will depend on your institution, as well as the content of your course. At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) or a Master of Arts (MA). Some institutions may offer the chance to study a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Further study will award degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.


Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.

Typical Annual Tuition Fees

  • Postgraduate - £8,500

Topics Covered


A postgraduate degree, such as an MSc or an MA, will take the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level, and build on it. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist concepts of international relations, looking at both core and contemporary topics. Modules might include international political economy, global health, population and society, politics of the media, democracy and dictatorships, and power and ethics. Assessment methods might include written work, group projects, presentations, and a major research project.