Research course

International Relations and Global Politics

Open University · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at The Open University has an international reputation for research in international relations and global politics. Expertise covers theories of international relations as well as their applications in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. POLIS members also supervise students interested in critical engagements with mainstream international relations theory, including constructivism, postcolonialism, post-structuralism, Marxism, cosmopolitanism and accounts of governmentality. The institutional topics covered include global governance, international and regional cooperation, international development cooperation, international organisations, international economic governance as well as transnational activist networks, NGOs, civil society organisations and social movements. Specialist topics include human rights, foreign policy, development cooperation and aid relations, minority rights, aid and refugees, borders and migrant rights, and human security.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Postgraduate Coordinator

          +44 (0)1908 654435