A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. If applying for the PhD programme, a Master’s degree in a relevant subject is preferable.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Months of entry
The School of Politics and International Relations is one of the most dynamic places to study Politics and International Relations.
We combine high-quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment that welcomes students from all over the world. All lectures and seminars on postgraduate modules are informed by the latest research and scholarship, and are delivered by full-time academic staff who have internationally recognised expertise in their field. The School has grown significantly in the last few years and now has over 30 academic staff based at two locations, in Canterbury and Brussels. The School is cosmopolitan, with staff originating from eight different countries, and well over half of all postgraduate students come from outside the UK.
We pride ourselves on our global outlook, which is reflected in the wide range of international partnerships. We are the only politics and international relations school in the country with a postgraduate centre in Brussels, which allows students on some of our programmes to follow part, or their entire, programme in Brussels. Agreements with partner institutions in France, Germany, Poland and Russia enable us to offer Double Award versions of the MAs in European and Global Governance, International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies, leading to the award of two Master’s degrees.
Our research interests span a broad spectrum of the discipline, with particular strengths in the fields of conflict analysis and resolution, political theory and European politics. The strength of the School’s research culture is reflected in the numerous books and articles published and in the existence of its three core research groups: Conflict, Security and Human Rights; Comparative Politics; and Political and Social Thought. We also host four University-recognised research centres: the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), the Centre for Federal Studies (CFS), the Global Europe Centre (GEC). and the Centre for Critical Thought (CCT). In 2011, the University successfully applied for ESRC recognition as a provider of doctoral training in political science and international studies (and other areas of the social sciences) as part of a consortium. As a result, we are now part of the South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, making us one of the key training outlets in our subject in the UK. Further details can be found on the South East DTC website.
Information for international students
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/
Fees and funding
Please visit our funding web pages for the most current information and application details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Brussels School of International Studies
- +32 (0)2 641 1723