A high 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent.
MA, MSc and MRes
Months of entry
We live in an increasingly interconnected and globalised world where events that unfold on the other continents can affect our lives very quickly. Sometimes politicians are able to work together in a search for solutions but disagreement, and even the possibility of conflict, never seems far away.
Our most popular course, MA/MSc International Relations attracts students from all over the world. We focus on general theoretical perspectives of the discipline, providing the tools for you to understand historical and contemporary events by placing these within an analytical framework. Although we cover a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, the emphasis is on explaining and understanding international events, rather than simply the intellectual history of international relations as a field. You graduate prepared for internationally oriented careers in the public and private sector, or for undertaking your PhD.
Our Department of Government is one of the largest and most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are the only political science department to have achieved the highest rating in all five UK Research Assessment Exercises (RAE), with 45 per cent of our research was ranked as 'world-leading' in the most recent RAE (December 2008).
Our staff distinguish themselves in various ways; by acting as media commentators, by writing textbooks used by students across the world and with involvement in practical training. In addition, our students have access to academic staff and a constant flow of distinguished visiting scholars from abroad. Our research interests are wide ranging but we host the British Election Study, a major Economic and Social Research Council-sponsored survey of attitudes and opinions of the British electorate, with other significant research projects studying foreign policy attitudes, corruption, and civil wars and peacekeeping.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
This course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £18,000 each for talented postgraduates. The University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. Some University of Essex studentships also available.
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||37|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||37|
|Dissertation||26 (10000 words)|
Course contact details
- Graduate Administrator
- +44 (0)1206 872719