Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities discipline (politics, international relations, European studies and related fields).

Months of entry


Course content

The programme draws on the Department’s expertise in the study of International Relations, International Security, Intelligence Studies, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy and the European Union, its member states, focusing on policy and institutional analysis, with contemporary and professional relevance.

The programme normally include a one week subsidised visit to the EU’s institutions in Brussels for all interested students and can be taken with language training.

Students study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. In addition, all MSc students undertake a 15,000 word dissertation on an approved subject related to the award for which they are registered.

Compulsory Modules Semester 1

  • International Relations Theory
  • Research Methods

Semester 2

  • Research Design
  • International Politics

Optional Modules (choose two)

  • Institutions and Policy Making in the European Union
  • Modern languages – eg. French, German, Spanish
  • Comparative Foreign Policy: Issues and Cases
  • Theorising the Asia-Pacific
  • Spanish Policy in the Americas
  • Contemporary France and French Influence in the Wider World
  • National Identity and Nationalism
  • The Vigilant State: Intelligence and Security in the 21st Century
  • The European Union in World Politics
  • Independent Study

Not all options appear each year and depend on staff availability.

Information for international students

English Language requirements: overall 7.0 with not less than 6.0 in the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests or TOEFL (ibt) 92 overall Listening 21, Reading 21, Writing 22 and Speaking 22. http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/index.htm

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Audrey Pridmore
+ 44 (0) 1509 222 981