Taught course

Masters in Politics and International Relations

Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First or second class honours degree in Politics or International Relations or in another social science or humanities subject.

Comparative Public Policy Diplomatic Studies Environmental Politics European Politics and Culture Global Security International Relations Political Parties and Elections

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy (SPIRE) has an outstanding international reputation and provides a vibrant environment within which to pursue postgraduate study. In a given year, we have about 40-50 MA and MRes students across the various pathways we offer (Comparative Public Policy, Diplomatic Studies, Global Security, European Politics and Culture, International Relations, Environmental Politics, Political Parties and Elections). There is a very active student World Today society, and SPIRE has recently hosted a vibrant Summer School on Environmental Politics and Security. We also hold regular research seminars, which MA and MRes students are encouraged to attend.

Comparative Public Policy
The specific focus of this pathway is on public management reform across the industrialised (and non-industrialised) world). You will also develop substantive policy knowledge on a variety of other policy issues such as environment protection and welfare reform.

Diplomatic Studies
The specific goal of this pathway is to ground students in the central legal, theoretical and practical aspects of diplomacy. It does this within a context of a more general understanding of International Relations.

Environmental Politics
The pathway in Environmental Politics provides you with an intensive period of study in which to learn about environmental politics and policy in a systematic and critical manner. It aims to provide you with a foundation in the theoretical and practical dimensions of this challenging, interdisciplinary field.

Eurepean Politics and Culture
The aim of the pathway is to develop an understanding of the political and cultural dynamics of contemporary Europe, viewed in a global, regional and national context. It does this through an interdisciplinary lens, combining political science and international relations perspectives with historical and cultural ones.

Global Security
This novel exciting pathway reflects the latest trends in security studies. The uniqueness of the programme lies on its creative approach to teaching and research designed to inspire critical thinking for the analysis of a complex world. The overall objective of the programme is to help students to unleash their curiosity on learning and researching security.

International Relations
The pathway aims to provide you with an innovative grounding in the central theoretical and practical aspects of both the traditional and the expanded conceptions of International Relations. It also aims to equip you with the conceptual and analytical skills to think critically about the nature of global structures and processes.

Political Parties and Elections
The aim of the pathway in Political Parties and Elections is to provide you with the factual knowledge and conceptual and analytical skills that will enable you to reflect critically on the manner in which political parties and elections operate in the modern world.

Information for international students

Keele offers a safe and supportive campus environment. SPIRE is one of the leading centre's in Britain for the study of Politics and International Relations. International students are wellcomed as valued members of a lively and diverse community.

Fees and funding

Bursaries are avaialble. For more details visit the School of Politics International Relations and Philosophy (SPIRE) website or you can contact SPIRE directly.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment57

Course contact details

Kathryn Ainsworth
+ 44 (0) 1782 733347
+ 44 (0) 1782 733592