Taught course

International Relations

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are an honours degree at the 2.1/upper second class level or higher or equivalent (e.g. B/3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree) in politics, law or related social science subject. We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but the applicant should submit a statement indicating why they are interested in changing fields or the connection to their previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed for those interested in the crucial challenges facing our world today, from terrorism to globalisation, and from conflict to migration . In particular, it will provoke you to think about international challenges and the nature of interactions in the system.

  • This programme offers you broad and informed knowledge of the central challenges in international relations and equips you with the analytical techniques and tools to analyse political data.
  • The programme draws on expertise in the fields of international relations theory, normative international theory, international security, international governmental organisations, non-state actors, and human rights and humanitarian intervention.
  • You will benefit from the opportunity to approach the subject from a variety of disciplinary approaches through courses across the School of Social & Political Sciences, the School of Law, History, and other subjects.
  • You will benefit from a number of research and teaching initiatives which touch on important international issues, including: Global Security Roundtable; Global Security Network; Glasgow Centre for International Development; Glasgow Refugee, Asylum & Migration Network; and Glasgow Human Rights Network.
  • You will gain a wide range of more general skills, including how to convey complex ideas and information effectively both orally and in writing.

Programme Structure

You will take 3 core and 3 optional courses. You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and undertake independent research.

Core courses

  • Challenges in international politics
  • International relations theory
  • Qualitative research methods OR Social science statistics.

Optional courses

  • China's international politics
  • Chinese politics and society
  • Comparative European politics
  • Critical perspectives on human rights
  • Ethics in global politics
  • EU in international politics and development
  • Foreign policy affairs
  • Freedom of expression
  • Globalisation and European integration
  • Human rights and global politics
  • International security and global politics
  • Institutions and policies of the European Union
  • Internet and civil society
  • Media and democracy
  • Political institutions, crisis and communication
  • Political legitimacy: contemporary perspectives
  • Politics of gender in development.

Note: Some courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Brandon Valeriano