Taught course

International Relations and Politics

University of Cambridge · School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

GPA of 3.7 or above; 1st class honours from UK university or equivalent. Applications will not be considered without a clear research proposal outlining the subject of the thesis and the means by which it is to be researched, an indication that the academic requirement have been or will be met and (where applicable) appropriataApplicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

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

Applicants from the USA, Canada and Hong Kong will be expected to obtain/have obtained a GPA of 3.85.e confirmation of proficiency in English.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil in International Relations and Politics is a ten-month full-time course offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). It is designed to meet the needs of all those who wish to enhance their understanding of international relations and politics at graduate level. It is appropriate for those who wish to embark upon an academic career, in the first instance through pursuing doctoral research, but also for those looking to embark on careers in the media, politics, law, public administration, the civil service, finance, teaching, and the charity sector.
The programme aims to offer an overview of the academic study of international relations and politics; to provide a critical understanding of the international political system and methods for studying it; and to equip students with an understanding of the particular contributions offered by such diverse approaches as international theory, international politics, international political economy, foreign policy and security studies, international law, and the history of international relations.
Among graduate courses in international relations and politics at British universities, the Cambridge MPhil in International Relations and Politics 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.
The programme is suitable both for students who have just completed their first degree and for mature students from, for example, industry, teaching, the civil service or the armed forces.
The department is looking to attract between 50 and 60 highly qualified candidates for the MPhil programme each academic year.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£15,810 p/a
International students
EU £15,810 p/a Non EU £27,720 p/a
Applicants who are interested in studying an aspect of Anglo-American Relations or US foreign policy should also be aware of the following sources of funding run out of Magdalene College: the Donner Scholarship, the Halper Bursary and the Roosevelt Scholarship.
The Gabrielle Sacconaghi Bacon Scholarship is available to applicants in 2018–19 who are either final-year students at McGill who are currently enrolled in the international relations programme; or alumni of the Page Programme (House of Commons or Senate) in Canada. Further information, including the criteria and how to apply, is available through Hughes Hall.
The David and Elaine Potter Scholarship is available for African students undertaking the MPhil in International Relations and Politics. You will be automatically put forward for this if you are eligible; however, please mention on the GRADSAF that you wish to be considered.
Those wishing to be considered for the limited funding opportunities available should take note of the early deadlines.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

MPhil Course Administrator