Research course

Politics & International Relations

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science
MSc by researchPhD

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Edinburgh Politics and International Relations has close links with cross-disciplinary and internationally recognised research centres.

Major research focuses include:

  • sub-state and supranational dimensions of politics and public policy, and their effects on the nation-state;
  • the impact of devolution in the UK and elsewhere, and the constitution and governance of the European Union;
  • international politics: changing relations between states, challenges of the new security agenda, transatlantic relations, political economy, migration politics and global governance;
  • nationalism, democratic transition, civil society and institution-building, drawing on Russia, Africa, Canada and the Middle East as well as Scotland and western Europe;
  • health, welfare, environment, competition, migrations and citizenship, and equal opportunities policies, particularly focusing on issues of gender, politics and the state, issues of democratic legitimacy, environmental rights and market boundaries.
  • political theory, especially international political theory, war ethics, environmental ethics, and theories of freedom

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 3064