A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.
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
In the post-Cold War globalising world there is a growing need for more sophisticated ways of understanding the dramatic changes taking place in states and societies. This programme is designed to address this need, providing you with advanced training in the analysis of international relations theory and practice.
Our International Relations MA develops your critical consideration of traditional approaches to the discipline. You gain a deeper understanding of international relations, along with a more critical understanding of the way that international affairs is best studied. The programme provides you with an ideal platform from which to enter employment, or to continue your studies.
You take two compulsory modules, ‘Philosophy and Methodology of Politics and International Relations’ and ‘International Relations Theory’, which provide a solid basis for your studies. You also choose from a comprehensive suite of modules according to your specific interests, including international security, conflict resolution, terrorism and negotiation and mediation.
The University of Kent has long been a centre of excellence for the study of the subject, which has been a core concern of the university since its establishment in 1965. Kent counts among its staff world leading authorities in the fields of area and regional studies, conflict analysis, security studies, international relations theory and international ethics.
The MA in International Relations is one of the largest graduate programmes in the School of Politics and International Relations, and each year attracts a diverse student body from around the world.
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.
Fees and funding
Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
One year full-time, two years part-time (90 ECTS credits) or two years full-time (120 ECTS credits).
Course contact details
- School of Politics and International Relations (subject enquiries, Canterbury)
- +44 (0) 1227 827307