Taught course

International Relations

University of Bath · Department of Social and Policy Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as European Studies, International Relations, Modern Languages, Politics, History, Economics or Sociology.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Deepen your knowledge of global issues and developments that present challenges to governments. You’ll explore what can cause them and potential solutions.

Current world developments - such as security and cybersecurity threats, changes of leadership, the emergence of new powers and the evolving nature of international politics - present fresh challenges to governments, regions and the international system as a whole.

During this course, you’ll study these topics in depth. You’ll look closely at the politics and policymaking of major nations across the planet, as well as the interplay of power between these countries and how order is maintained and managed by institutions.

By the end of your studies, you’ll have gained the analytical skills and theoretical knowledge to be able to unpack and detect the causes and consequences of specific political problems, and the different political processes that have generated them.

Learn from experts in the field

You’ll learn from experts in international relations as well as staff in the wider Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies community. Their passion, knowledge and research shape their teaching to enhance your learning experience.

Gain important career skills

This course regularly attracts students from all over the world, with many at different stages of their professional and academic lives. Because of this, you’ll be part of an environment that’s home to diverse opinions and experiences, which means you’ll be able to learn from your peers and apply new ideas to your own study.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain:

  • a broad and informed perspective on current issues of international relations
  • strong analytical skills and theory-informed reasoning to be able to conduct political analysis and understand current challenges and developments
  • a deep insight into the world of negotiation and diplomacy and how multilateral institutions operate in the domains of trade and security
  • a strong foundation for international careers in administration, diplomacy, policy formation and research
  • an increased network of experts in topics such as international security, terrorism, foreign policy, the international political economy, and the politics of international law

Graduate prospects

Studying this course provides an excellent grounding for careers in international organisations, multinational corporations, public bodies and think tanks.

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of organisations, including:

  • Danish EU Research Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium
  • Enel Green Power North America Inc, USA (Director of External Relations and Communications)
  • European Parliament, Spain
  • World Energy Council in Berlin, Germany

Fees and funding

View available funding opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time

Course contact details

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