International Relations, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16650
    Tuition (Year)
    7650
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The International Relations programme at the University of Glasgowis designed for those interested in study of the most challenging problems our world currently faces, such as international conflict and instability, terrorism, climate change, or rapid globalisation.

About

Building on a thorough understanding of international relations theory, the International Relations programme at the University of Glasgow trains you in how to apply and leverage methods and research design to answer the most pressing societal questions of our time.

Why this programme

  • This programme offers comprehensive training in what international relations has to say about some of the most challenging problems in international politics and equips you with the appropriate methods and a good understanding of research design to analyse political data.
  • The programme draws on expertise in the fields of international relations theory, normative international theory, international security, international organisations, non-state actors, human rights, humanitarian intervention, and international political economy.
  • You will have the opportunity to approach the subject from a variety of disciplinary approaches through courses across the School of Social & Political Sciences, School of Law, history and other subjects.
  • You will gain a wide range of transferrable skills, including how to convey complex ideas and information effectively both orally and in writing, or how to analyse problems in international politics to inform the public debate.
Career prospects

The programme provides you with key knowledge and analytical tools relevant to a career in a variety of settings related to international relations, such as international and domestic non-governmental organisations, international organisations such as the United Nations or the European Union, government agencies, media, think tanks, or for further academic training and research in a PhD programme.

Accreditation


Programme Structure

Core courses
  • International relations research
  • International relations theory
  • Research design OR Quantitative data analysis OR Qualitative methods.
Optional courses may include
  • Chinas international politics
  • Chinese politics and society
  • Comparative public opinion
  • Critical perspectives on human rights
  • Environmental policies and problems in China
  • EU in international politics and development
  • Human rights and global politics
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • International organisations
  • International relations and development
  • International security and strategic thought
  • Internet and civil society
  • Media and democracy.
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Part-time
    • Average duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in politics, law or related social science subject. We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but you should submit a one-page personal statement indicating why you are interested in changing fields or the connection to your previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16650 International
  • GBP 7650 EU/EEA
Home and EU:
  • Part time 20 credits - 850

Funding

  • The University of Glasgow James McGill Scholarship
  • University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award
  • University International Leadership Scholarship
  • Alumni Discount

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