Taught course

International Relations

University of Leeds · School of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

MA International Relations introduces you to the central debates and issues within the study of international politics and relations.

The course gives you the opportunity to analyse topics and concerns central to the functioning of the international system. Our emphasis on international studies invites an interdisciplinary approach and reflects the broadening nature of the subject beyond the confines of inter-state relationships.

You will explore a wide range of contemporary and historical approaches to the subject, and focus upon on country-specific, regional and international processes. We also offer you a range of other modules in theoretical and practical study-areas, including research methods which can be useful in preparation for further study.

The program is successful as it unites inter-disciplinary work, the strengths of POLIS, with a thorough grounding in the core elements of the discipline. On completing the degree, you will have knowledge of the various aspects of international relations in addition to generic social science research skills, methodologies and approaches.

For information please contact the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) Admissions Team.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to relevant course website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The School of Politics and International Studies offers six partial fee scholarships to international students studying a masters in the School. Find out more.

The University also has scholarships available to UK /EU and International Students. Find out more at http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations15
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation25 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)113 343 6843