Research course

International Relations

Lancaster University · Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, and a viable research proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

Research proposals are welcomed in the Department, and we particularly welcome proposals reflecting the current focus of each branch of the Department or the special interest of any members of our staff.

Politics and International Relations at Lancaster is innovative, interdisciplinary and post-disciplinary. Research proposals reflecting this are especially encouraged from those seeking to undertake PhD research degrees.

The discipline has a strong approach to supporting students, whether through reading groups, research methods study classes, opportunities to present and review research projects or links with external presenters. There is good support from the library and a vigorous seminar programme. We enjoy good working relationships with related departments and centres, and joint supervision arrangements are possible.

Department specialisms

Our broad research interests include international relations, diplomacy and security, development, political economy, public policy and administration, and area studies.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0) 1524 594262
+44 (0) 1524 594238