Taught course

International Relations

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in politics, international relations or a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in International Relations is designed to equip students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary international relations, including IR theories, international institutions and structures, and processes of conflict resolution and cooperation.

The programme enables students to analyse and evaluate alternative explanations of developments in contemporary international relations.

It aims to provide you with:

* an advanced understanding of theoretical and methodological debates in the study of international relations;
* high-quality skills in the synthesis of information and the analysis and presentation of argument, orally and in writing;
* the knowledge and skills needed for progression to higher level academic study or to relevant professional work;
* an opportunity to develop specialist expertise in particular areas of interest within international relations;
* the ability to undertake independent research;
* a programme of study informed by a rich and active research culture.

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Teajm
+44 (0) 131 651 3064