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.

Teaching format

The programme consists of six taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Average lecture sizes range from 20 to 30 students, and tutorial sizes range from 1 to 15 students.

Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.

Every MRes student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.


All MRes students take six compulsory modules over the course of the programme.

MRes students will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation as their final assessment piece.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £9,450 Overseas: £19,400

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