Research course

International Relations

Coventry University · Faculty of Business, Environment and Society
MA by research

Entry requirements

You will normally have a good undergraduate honours degree. Where applicants do not meet the formal entrance requirements, relevant experience will be taken into account. In addition to demonstrating experience and background knowledge, you may be asked to do a written exercise to establish your suitability for this MA. Overseas applicants must show adequate proficiency in English to prepare and defend their dissertation; normally a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or its equivalent. Accreditation of prior learning may be considered for some applicants on enrolment, thereby reducing an applicants period of study, determined in accordance with University Regulations.

Months of entry


Course content

The International Relations MA degree investigates themes as varied as the evolution of the discipline, globalisation, international law, diplomacy, war and peace.

The course has been designed to enable newcomers to engage readily with the subject, whilst offering those who already have a background in international relations an opportunity to deepen their exploration of its scope and complexities.


  • Benefit from world class researchers in the Department of International Studies and Social Sciences;
  • strong links with universities around the world and IR practitioners in government, non-governmental organisations, international organisations and prominent think-tank;
  • field trip topic allows you to experience the realities of formulating foreign policy and translating ideas into practice;
  • gain first-hand experience through a short volunteering topic and longer post-award internships and placements;
  • the course is mainly delivered through extended workshops: methods of investigation include breakout groups, presentations, debates and simulations.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office:
Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

UK - Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44(0)24 7765 4321
024 7688 8400