Taught course

International Relations MA

Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

A UK first or 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social science or related discipline.

Applicants with a 2.2 in a non-related discipline in which essays are not a core mode of assessment (e.g. maths, natural sciences) will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.

All applicants will be interviewed.


Months of entry


Course content

International Relations presents policy-makers and scholars with a wide range of issues that require analysis and evaluation. Students graduating with a master’s degree in International Relations will be equipped to understand and interpret these issues more deeply and to think creatively about the challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century.

Graduates of The Brunel MA in International Relations will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of organisations including government, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, business, research institutes and security. A number of masters’ students have also elected to pursue further study at doctoral level.

Distinctive features of the course include:

  • Research-led teaching: courses on the International Relations MA are designed and taught by international renowned researchers in International Relations, Contemporary History, and Law.
  • The department hosts an active guest lecture series featuring leading scholars and thinkers in the area of International Relations, Politics, and History.
  • Students taking the Brunel MA in International Relations will have the opportunity to become members of the leading British think-tank, Chatham House.

This MA aims to develop students' knowledge of this evolving discipline and to provide students with the opportunity to study topics across its key sub-fields. All students take the module 'Evolution of International Relations' designed to set out the conceptual foundations of the subject and three optional modules enabling specialist instruction in specific fields. Students develop their research skills through, in particular, completion of a dissertation on a subject of their choice within the field of International Relations.

Typical modules (subject to change) may include:

  • China and Contemporary Geopolitics
  • Democracy and Intervention
  • Imperialism and Culture
  • The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001
  • Evolution of International Relations
  • International Security
  • International Political Economy
  • Middle East Security
  • Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Information for international students

International students are welcomed. •IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) •Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) •BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas) Please visit our dedicated webpages at: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,500 full-time; £3,750 part-time
International students
£15,750 full-time; £7,875 part-time

Further Information

Qualification and course duration


part time
30 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599