Taught course

International Relations

University of Sheffield · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

For all our courses you’ll need a 2:1 honours degree, plus references from previous tutors. If you have different qualifications, we’ll look at your application on its individual merits.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

You’ll look at key debates in international relations, reflecting on issues of critical importance in today’s world. Your study will give you in-depth knowledge of contemporary international relations theory, along with a practical knowledge of regional problems and challenges to global stability.


Our graduates work for government and other public sector organisations, private sector companies, consultancies and think-tanks. They are directors, private secretaries, managers, political advisers, barristers, parliamentary clerks, senior civil servants and administrators.

Core modules

Theory and Practice of International Relations; Dissertation in International Relations.

Plus one of the following modules:
The Politics of International Law; Contemporary Global Security; Global Governance; Global Justice; Research Methods in Politics; Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research.

Optional modules

Choose three from a range including:

The Political Economy of Globalisation;

The Politics of International Law; Contemporary Ethnic Conflict;

Europeanisation; The Politics of Global Migration; Contemporary Global Security.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 1642