Taught course

International Relations

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 Honours degree. Applicants for this degree are expected to be potential PhD students.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes in International Relations is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations.

The course provides a structured programme of research training to equip students with the skills required to undertake doctoral-level research in international politics or a research-related career.

MRes students will develop knowledge of and expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods and apply this research training to a particular subject area linked to one of the School’s existing MLitt programmes.


  • Students will develop core international relations and politics research skills, while also cultivating their own interests within the framework of the School’s MLitt programmes and the dissertation that forms part of the degree.
  • The course benefits from small class sizes and draws on themes across politics and international relations.
  • MRes students may take advantage of the School’s community of world-class researchers, and participate in its flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 1944