Taught course

International Relations (Canterbury)

University of Kent · School of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

In the post-Cold War globalising world there is an increasingly apparent need for more sophisticated ways of understanding the dramatic changes taking place. This programme addresses that need, providing students with advanced training, by way of coursework and dissertation, in the general methods, scope, theories, and findings in the field of International Relations.

It builds on an undergraduate specialisation in the field of international relations or a similar discipline; it gives a systematic preparation for original postgraduate research or for a demanding international career; and it constitutes a programme of training for those who have graduated in other fields and wish to transfer to International Relations.

Extended programme

The extended programme allows students the opportunity to study their subject in greater detail, choosing a wider range of modules, and also provides the opportunity to spend one term at the Canterbury campus. The extended programme is ideal for students who require extra credits, or would like to have more time to pursue an internship.

Course structure

This is a very flexible MA programme that allows you maximum scope to construct a degree that suits your special interests.

Full-time students complete the MA in International Relations over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year.

The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter.

The programme is also offered as a postgraduate diploma, which entails the same taught curriculum as the MA but does not require a dissertation. It is thus worth 120 credits (60 ECTS). The Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis.

The programme is offered in a two year 120 ECTS format - comprising nine taught modules plus a dissertation. A two year MA with the first year spent in Brussels and the second year in Canterbury is also available and is worth 120 ECTS.

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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Politics and International Relations (subject enquiries, Canterbury)
+44 (0) 1227 827307
+44 (0) 1227 827033