Taught course

International Relations

University of Cambridge · Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a good UK 2:1 honours degree or a GPA of 3.7 or equivalent from a non-UK university.


Should be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of relevant experience acquired in a non-academic setting, for example through their professional work.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is distinctive in its multidisciplinary approach and breadth. Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars in theory, politics, history, economics, law, security and various regional and area studies, as well as individual thesis supervision. The taught part of the course aims to familiarise you with the range and variety of disciplines required for a thorough critical understanding of the field in all its complexity and of the means and methods that have been devised to understand it better.

Who is the course designed for?

The programme is designed for mature students from (for example) industry, teaching, the civil service, NGOs or the armed forces, but it is also suitable for students who have just completed their first degree. A background in international relations, law, economics, history or politics is a definite asset, but we welcome applications from all disciplines. The course is taught in intensive residential blocks which enables students to continue with their professional careers while studying and also enables international students to attend.

Aims of the programme

By the end of the course students should have:

  • Developed the ability to apply critically the main theories, models, and concepts used in the study of international politics
  • Developed an understanding and substantive knowledge of international politics, history, economics, and security
  • Extended and developed their analytical, evaluative and critical capacities
  • Developed transferable skills, including the ability to take responsibility for their own learning, making oral and written presentations, planning and producing written assignments, working independently, and, where they have chosen to do so, using information technology
  • Developed the ability to undertake independent research and writing

Information for international students

Language requirement

• For those whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied for a degree in an English language university, evidence of proficiency in English: an IELTS score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component) or a TOEFL score of 110 (with 25 in each element).

• You can use this website to find out if you will have a language requirement.

• A background in international relations, politics, law, economics, security or history is a definite asset but is not a requirement.

• Candidates are asked not to contact potential supervisors before application. If you are successful in your application the Department will allocate an appropriate supervisor for you based on your research proposal.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSt
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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