Taught course

International Relations and European Politics

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, in considering applications, will take the following into account: Extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in commerce, industry, 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 and European Politics 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 explores contemporary European politics and societies. It has a distinctive focus on European policies and policy making. You will study the interplay of multi-level governance between European and national institutions.

Programme structure
The Masters in International Relations and European Politics (MIREP) 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
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Scopes & methods of politics & international relations
  • Masters dissertation

Optional units:

  • The politics of sustainability: environmental security & international relations
  • Resilience & national security
  • The politics of migration
  • Memory culture - memory politics
  • Europe in global politics
  • Multilevel governance & multi-layered citizenship in Europe
  • Social modernisation & the transformation of democracy
  • European security
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Comparative European social policy
  • International organisations in world politics
  • Global governance
  • Britain and Europe

Information for international students

English requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components), TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 21 Writing, Listening 21, Reading 22 and Speaking 23.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#polis
International students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#polis

For more information about possible funding opportunities, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


part time
16 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 1225 383037