Taught course

International Relations

University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Area Studies (Asian Studies, European Studies etc.), Business Management, Criminology, Economics, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Intercultural Communication and Translation, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Philosophy, Political Psychology, Politics, Public Administration, Sociology, Social Psychology or Women's Studies, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

International relations is an inescapable subject. Politics, economics, and law interconnect on a global scale, affecting individuals and organisations at all levels of society.

On our MSc International Relations course you will study how politics is shaped internationally, while developing the research and analytical skills to support your future career. You will master international relations theories and political science methods that will enable you to investigate the links between local, national, and international politics, and to engage in issues that shape the world today.

Our International Relations MSc pathway examines the most salient issues in contemporary international politics, in a course that is customisable according to your interests.

A small set of compulsory modules provide the theoretical and methodological grounding needed to conduct political science research, while a wide range of optional modules focus on specific areas including international security; economy and trade; and global governance. Throughout, innovative teaching methods connect theory with the practice of international politics, including trade negotiation simulations as well as the opportunity to experience real time crisis diplomacy at Chatham House’s Simulation Centre.

Students employ research and analytical skills developed during the course to design and carry out an independent dissertation research project, with individual supervision from our academic experts.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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