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International Relations

Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences

Expand your knowledge of the critical perspectives required to make sense of urgent global challenges. You’ll be taught by world-leading academics who are pushing the boundaries of international relations.
Postgraduate politics student, Winfred Syombua holding a book

Course description

On this exciting course, you will engage with a range of theoretical perspectives to make sense of emergent and rapidly evolving international political challenges, and will explore normative arguments about the way that international relations ought to work. The course encompasses topics such as international relations and security studies, alongside critical approaches such as non-western IR and feminist perspectives on international relations.

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Core modules

  • Debating International Relations
  • Understanding Politics
  • Research and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation in International Relations

Core module descriptions

Optional modules

A range, including:

  • Contemporary Global Security
  • Feminist and Decolonizing Approaches to International Relations
  • Global Health and Global Politics
  • International Political Sociology of Civil Wars
  • Terrorism and Political Violence

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  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

We’re looking for outstanding and enthusiastic students for our courses.

You can apply to us with a good degree (first-class or 2:1 honours degree) in a relevant social science, arts and humanities, or related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Dr Alasdair Cochrane

Our masters courses are so exciting because you’ll have the opportunity to develop a genuine specialism in your area of study. As researchers it’s a real pleasure to share your latest work—in my case, on the political theory of animal rights—with students who are eager to learn and challenge!

Dr Alasdair Cochrane
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.