Taught course

International Relations

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree (first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. The Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies in considering applications, will take the following into account: Extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in commerce, or industry, or in teaching, or in a government establishment, together with authorship of papers or other work of an acceptable academic standard, e.g. published translation.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in International Relations provides students with:

  • A unique postgraduate experience designed to train graduates pursuing international careers in administration, diplomacy, policy formation and research
  • The opportunity to study in an internationally diverse postgraduate community
  • An enthusiastic and approachable teaching team who are internationally renowned experts in their research fields
  • A clear geographical perspective to international relations and a solid analytical framework in a unique blend of theory and empirical analysis
  • Insight into contemporary international relations and the dimensions of political interactions.

The programme offers a distinctive focus on security issues, with academic expertise in both international security and European homeland security. You will gain an insight into the interplay of international power, order and institutions.

Programme structure

The Masters in International Relations (MAIR) may be taken full-time (one year) or part-time and includes PG Certificate and PG Diploma qualifications.

The first semester comprises an advanced introduction to the core elements of the field of International Relations.

The second semester encourages the student to focus on the department's key strengths in conflict and security, European studies, and politics and society.

Students prepare a dissertation during the final three months of the programme, drawing on core ideas in undertaking a more sustained piece of research on a question that they themselves identify.

Examples of themes for dissertations include peace resolution in the Balkans, the EU's external action agency, EU-China relations, international intervention and the 'right-to-protect', eco-politics and sustainability, ethnic belonging and desecuritization, bio-terrorism, and counter-terrorist policies.

Core units:

  • International relations theories
  • Scopes & methods of politics & international relations
  • Foreign policy making & analysis
  • International organisations in world politics
  • International relations Masters dissertation

Optional units:

  • Comparative European politics
  • International security: theories and concepts
  • Memory culture – memory politics
  • Governance, security and development in East and South East Asia
  • Organised Crime in Europe: threats and challenges
  • International security: the contemporary agenda
  • Britain and Europe
  • International relations of South and Central Asia
  • Economic foreign policy and the international trade regime
  • Theories of conflict and conflict resolution

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Information for international students

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study. - IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components) - PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (studentships and scholarships) for postgraduate students. For more information,please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 383037