Taught course

International Relations

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a Social Science, Humanities or related subject.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Almost all aspects of life – economic, social, cultural and political – are influenced by players beyond the borders of national states.

If you want the skills to understand this dynamic international order and you're interested in the relations between countries, this MA International Relations Master's degree course gives you the platform to address some of the most contentious subjects in international affairs.

You'll study key topics across the spectrum of international relations and examine theories and historical inquiry. This will equip you with the tools to challenge conventional explanations and develop arguments of your own. You'll develop advanced analytic skills and critical assessment abilities, and learn to write engaging reports, policy briefs and essays.

When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to generate creative solutions that benefit the global economy and international society.

You'll be suited for roles in security, development, social policy, governance, advocacy and communications. Previous graduates have gone on to work in parliaments, political parties, third sector and civil society organisations.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Study pressing topics, such as: why war and conflict are a permanent feature of global affairs; why powerful states interfere with weak or fragile countries; the role of the United Nations, World Trade Organisation and EU in promoting cooperation; and whether global civil society and the third sector can promote security, development and rights
  • Complete an independent research project in a subject relevant to your future career
  • Develop expertise in issues relating to Europe- ideal if you want to pursue a career in European institutions or with political lobbyists and think tanks
  • Be taught by internationally recognised experts, including members of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe
  • Develop transferable skills in qualitative and quantitative research, critical reading, communication, and executing major projects
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a supervised work-based project if you work in a relevant field or do an internship during the course
  • Tap into our Library's electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in international relations.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

With a rounded skill set, and knowledge of international issues, you'll be an informed global citizen, with a sense of responsibility and commitment to ethical practice and issues of global social justice.

The MA International Relations Master's degree will put you in a strong position to pursue job roles in areas and organisations such as:

  • National, European, and International state institutions
  • Political parties
  • Political lobbyists
  • Think tanks
  • Security and risk analysis
  • Foreign affairs analysis
  • Political communication and journalism

You could also continue your studies in postgraduate research, leading to a qualification such as a PhD.

You can get help and supoort from our Careers and Employability service in finding a role and for 5 years after you leave the University.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £7,300 Part time: £3,650 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £14,300 Part time: £7,150 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    13 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566