Taught course

International Relations

Lancaster University · Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant background.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Learn from a teaching team who have extensive experience in the world of research and policymaking
  • Complete an internship alongside your studies to apply what you learn to a real organisation and see policymaking in action
  • Keep up to speed with changes by exploring new trends and developments in international relations as they happen
  • Expand your understanding of different research methods, from statistical analysis to fieldwork
  • Develop the skills you need for a rewarding role in areas such as the Civil Service, think tanks, NGOs and research centres
  • Issues around immigration. Shifting power dynamics. Conflict across countries. Addressing these challenges starts with looking at relationships between nations. Join us to look at the world through a critical lens while understanding what it takes to create new policies and carry out vital research.

A critical lens

The relationship between academia and the real world is central to this course. Many experts at Lancaster have been policymakers so they’ll teach you what it takes to translate theory into practice. Our teaching is interdisciplinary too, which means you’ll hear from experts in religion, philosophy, diplomacy and more – subjects that intersect with international relations.

We’ll help you explore the latest trends in international relations in areas like queer studies and post-colonialism, as well as discussing how environmental issues are impacting on policymaking.

Outstanding research skills

From quantitative studies to fieldwork, you’ll discover what it takes to use a range of research methods to advance your knowledge in this area. Combined with your understanding of theory, concepts and practice, your analytical skills will be valuable to employers in a range of areas.

If you want to add more experience to your CV, try applying to our internship programme for the chance to do exactly that. By working with an organisation in this sector, you’ll see firsthand how new policies are created and get lots of practice writing them too. Perhaps this experience will shape your dissertation which can be on any area of international relations.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PPR Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 1524 594262