Entry requirements

What you'll study

Train in the fascinating area of international relations in this popular Masters. Developed through a global lens, this programme delivered at the University of London Institute in Paris provides a sophisticated theoretical and applied understanding of specialist areas, including globalisation and development, security and US foreign policy.

This International Relations MA analyses the key issues and concepts in world politics. You will conduct a detailed examination and critique of theories of globalisation and assessment of contemporary globalising processes, and how these particularly influence the developing world.

Through seminars, lectures, assessments and group work, you will also pick apart the ways in which violent conflict and the use of force impact on international relations, how force is used by states and other actors, and how force is managed in world politics.

The programme is taught by experienced Queen Mary academics who are leaders in their field. Their intensive teaching will give you the opportunity to network with your peers and academics and experience life on campus at the University of London Institute in Paris. You will also benefit from a dedicated tutor who will guide you through the topics and assignments of each module.


  • Four compulsory taught modules
  • 12,000 word dissertation
Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

Please note that the modules listed below are for students starting the programme in September 2020.

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Compulsory/Core modules

Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development (Paris)
International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context (Paris)
Contemporary World Politics: Theories, Concepts, Themes (Paris)
Dissertation (Paris)
Doing International Relations Research: Theories Methods, Data


  • Modules are assessed through coursework
  • You will also be assessed through an individual dissertation


The final dissertation is your chance to conduct in-depth and independent research on a topic that is of direct interest to you and your career goals. Previous outstanding work includes:

  • Is China challenging US economic hegemony?
  • Postcolonial President? Barack Obama and humanitarian intervention
  • Globalisation, inequality and underdevelopment: The myth of economic convergence
  • Is the UN fit to prevent genocide?

Months of entry


Course content

Analyse and make sense of our ever-changing world by studying power, identity and conflict, and the systems and organisations that govern society. This thought-provoking International Relations MA opens the door to compelling discoveries and challenging debates, in the heart of one of the world’s most famous cities - Paris.

Information for international students

English language requirements

If you got your degree in an English speaking country or if it was taught in English, and you studied within the last five years, you might not need an English language qualification - find out more.

Fees and funding

Queen Mary alumni get a £1,000 discount on their fees. Find out more about the Alumni Loyalty Award


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Please note: Students on the MA International Relations in Paris are not eligible for the Postgraduate Loan offered by the UK government

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

MA: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/155316.html

Course contact details

School of Politics and International Relations
+44 (0)20 7882 8587