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 ESRC recognised research-training programme provides a broad and rigorous grounding in the study and methodologies of the crucial challenges facing our world today, from terrorism to globalisation, and from humanitarian intervention to new social movements.

  • If you are planning to pursue a research-intensive career or doctoral studies, including under the ESRC 1+3 scheme, this programme is designed for you. This degree provides a pathway to ESRC sponsored postgraduate fellowships.
  • 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.
  • You also gain a wide range of more general skills, including how to convey complex ideas and information effectively both orally and in writing.
  • The MRes covers common material with the MSc in International Relations (MSc), and provides additional in-depth methodological training for those who want to pursue a PhD. It draws on recognised expertise in the fields of international relations theory, normative international theory, international security, international governmental organisations, non-state actors, human rights and humanitarian intervention, and a wide variety of country and regional expertise.
  • You will benefit from a number of research and teaching initiatives at the University, including the Global Security Roundtable; The Glasgow Refugee, Asylum & Migration Network; The Glasgow Centre for International Development; and the Glasgow Human Rights Network.

Programme Structure

You will take 4 core and 2 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
  • Social science statistics 1.

Optional courses

  • China's international politics
  • Comparative European politics
  • Ethics in global politics
  • EU in international politics and development
  • Foreign policy of the United States
  • Globalisation and European integration
  • Human rights and global politics
  • Internet and civil society
  • Media and democracy.

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.


The dissertation, written during the final phase of the programme, is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in International Politics and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Brandon Valeriano