Taught course

International Relations

Lancaster University · Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes in International Relations provides research training in international relations as a social science. It provides you with an understanding of the major theoretical and epistemological debates in the social sciences, and also gives you an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

This research training is coupled with, and customised for, research in international relations. It addresses key concepts, methodological and epistemological issues, and data collection and analysis in international relations. The programme mainly consists of compulsory courses but you may take one optional course in the area of your designated thesis topic.

Core Modules:

  • Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations.
  • Theory and Methods.
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences.
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Science.
  • Advanced Data Analysis and Computing for Social Research.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250 per year
International students
£15,500 per year

Please visit our website for further information: www.lancaster.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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