Research course

Politics and International Relations

University of Nottingham · School of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally be expected to have graduated or be about to graduate from a masters degree in a relevant subject, with an average of over 60 per cent, or its equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The School is a thriving and dynamic centre for the study of politics and international relations. One of the largest and most cosmopolitan in Europe, it has more than doubled in size in the last four years, and has further expansion plans for the future. Students from all parts of the world enroll on our wide range of courses. The School is situated in the Law and Social Sciences building, at the heart of one of the most attractive campus universities in the UK.

The MRes gives students the opportunity to pursue a programme of independent study in a specialist subject of their choice. The programme structure is designed to allow students to undertake a flexible and enjoyable research project. The core of the degree is a 30,000 to 35,000-word research based dissertation. There is a possibility to combine this work with specialist training in a chosen subject area (International Relations, Diplomacy, Security Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, European Integration, Comparative Politics, Political Theory) from among a wide range of options available in this and other Schools, and generic research methods training.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Politics and International Relations web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 846 6228