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

The Department of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) has an international reputation for research in international politics and economy. Expertise covers theories of international relations as well as their applications to the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean and responses to the global economic crisis. POLIS members also supervise critical responses to mainstream international relations theory, including constructivism, postcolonialism, feminist and gendered analyses, cosmopolitanism and accounts of governmentality. The institutional topics covered include global governance, international and regional cooperation, international organisations, international economic governance as well as transnational activist networks, NGOs, civil society organisations and social movements. Specialist topics include human rights, international environmental politics, global labour studies, minority rights, aid and refugees, borders and migrant rights, the management of environmental issues (including developing societies and the broader issue of climate change), labour standards, human security and resilience. We have a specific interest in proposals on the discourses and practices of international justice, migration, security, and violence.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1908 654435