Research course

International Relations

University of Sussex · School of Global Studies

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in international relations although those with a Masters degree in a closely related discipline may also be admitted. In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds may be considered. Applicants must submit a research proposal of two to three pages indicating the nature, ambitions and primary questions of the project.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

  • PhD in International Relations
  • MPhil in International Relations

We aspire to challenge the boundaries of the International Relations discipline and make the world a better place.

You’ll benefit from our strong international networks. We’ve undertaken consultancy and commissioned work in a range of fields including:

  • human rights
  • development studies
  • security.

Join our expert faculty and lively community of doctoral researchers – you’ll be exposed to ideas at the cutting edge of the discipline. Our policy and public impact work is world leading.

Department specialisms

For further information, visit the webpage below.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
72 months


full time
36 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

School of Global Studies
+44 (0)1273 877107