Study International Relations in United Kingdom

Study International Relations in United Kingdom

Studying International Relations

International relations refer to political principles and processes as well as foreign affairs and relations between different countries. International relations systematically explore themes such as government and state, political behaviour, economic issues in local and international government systems. Graduates can work in government or diplomatic institutions as public affairs consultants, local government officers, or politicians.

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Studying in United Kingdom

The UK has one of the most cosmopolitan societies within Europe and you will study with people from all over the world. The variety of universities and degrees is broad and degrees will be accepted worldwide.

307 International Relations Master's degrees in United Kingdom

Pre-Master International Relations and International Development

The International Relations and International Development Pre-Masters at the University of Sussex aims to fully prepare you for studying a postgraduate degree, so that you can go on to achieve success at university, in your professional career and in the world.

University of Sussex International Study Centre
M.A. International Relations

The most popular course, MA International Relation from University of Essex, attracts students from all over the world. You focus on general theoretical perspectives of the discipline, providing the tools for you to understand historical and contemporary events. The emphasis is on explaining and understanding international events, rather than simply the intellectual history of international relations as a field.

Department of Government
M.A. Global Diplomacy

Learn about the key concepts of diplomacy and the institutional development of diplomatic relations. The Global Diplomacy programme is offered at SOAS University of London.

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy
M.Sc. International Relations of the Americas

This exciting and innovative programme from the University College London (UCL) embraces courses on both North and Latin America, with compulsory study of both regions. It focuses on inter-American and on Latin/North American global relations. The International Relations of the Americas course will combine breadth with (especially in relation to the 15,000 word dissertation) the depth appropriate for this level of study.

UCL – Institute of the Americas
M.Sc. Conflict Resolution

The MSc Conflict Resolution course from University of Essex helps you to understand the evolving field of conflict resolution, exploring the causes and effects of destructive conflict across the world, and scrutinising the theory and practice of how this can be managed peacefully. Ranked top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2017)

Department of Government
M.A. Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport

The Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport programme is delivered jointly by University of the West of Scotland in Paisley and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. Students will attend the Paisley campus in trimester one before studying in Berlin in trimester two.

School of Media Culture and Society
Master Migration Law and Policy

This Migration Law and Policy degree at Middlesex University aims to enable students to specialise in subjects related to migration law and policy, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge of legal regimes governing free movement of persons under European Union Law, international laws and policies regarding migration, asylum and border management from a European and UK perspective.

M.A. Muslim Minorities in a Global Context (Online)

What are the challenges faced by Muslim minority communities and their host societies? What are the debates surrounding the place of religious minorities in secular societies? The Muslim Minorities in a Global Context course is offered at SOAS University of London.

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy
M.A. International Relations

The aim of the Master of Arts degree in International Relations at Richmond, the American International University in London is to equip students with in-depth knowledge of the discipline of international relations, key analytical and research skills, together with an opportunity to gain practical experience through an optional internship.

Graduate Programs
M.Res. International Relations

We live in an increasingly interconnected and globalised world where events that unfold on other continents can affect our lives very quickly. Sometimes politicians are able to work together in a search for solutions but disagreement, and even the possibility of conflict, never seems far away.

Department of Government
L.L.M. International Commercial and Dispute Resolution

Increasingly globalisation has led to a growing demand for commercial lawyers with an understanding of international law.This course meets this need and will help you develop an understanding of the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes, the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial disputes, and how these can be prevented, managed and resolved.

M.Sc. International Marketing

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and their qualifications highly sought after by employers. Our CIM-accredited MSc in International Marketing ensures you’ll be equipped for a successful marketing career in the UK or internationally.

Department of Business Management
M.A. International Relations

This programme from Queen's University Belfast is designed to analyse various aspects of International Relations in a scholarly, critical and methodologically sophisticated manner.

School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
Pre-Master Postgraduate Pathway: Intercultural Communications

Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC) is an Associate College of Anglia Ruskin University providing an excellent opportunity to enter UK higher education. CRIC is designed to deliver educational pathways and support services in an environment that encourages students to achieve excellence in their studies.

Cambridge Ruskin International College
M.Sc. Diplomacy, Business and Trade

This Diplomacy, Business and Trade programme at Loughborough University London provides an extensive overview of the practice and development of international business and economic diplomacy. This programme offers teaching and contact hours in the evenings and on Saturdays only.

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance
M.Sc. Public Affairs and Lobbying

The programme offers a unique combination of advanced academic knowledge and practical experience, and will provide graduates with the opportunity to develop a career in Public Affairs.

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Research Methods (International Relations)

This Research Methods (International Relations) degree at Durham University is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and is designed to provide a strong all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the field of politics and international relations/studies.

School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA)
M.A. International Relations

On International Relations course from De Montfort University you will develop an advanced understanding of key global issues such as globalisation, international political economy, security, health and the role of states and non-state organisations.

Business and Law
M.Sc. Russia in Global Systems

Our MSc focuses on the challenges involved in Russia’s global engagement & integration. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the interlocking reform challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a fluency in Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis, with an emphasis on Russian foreign policy and global policy vis-a-vis Russia.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.Phil. Politics (European Politics and Society)

The MPhil in Politics (European Politics and Society) is an advanced two-year graduate degree which provides training in research techniques and methodology and enables you to acquire substantive knowledge in this sub-area of the discipline. It is also suitable if you later wish to embark upon doctoral research.

M.A. Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle Eastern Studies programme from King's College London offers interdisciplinary teaching in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern history, international relations, security, culture, languages and politics.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.A. International Relations (Terrorism and Political Violence) /PGDip

This cutting-edge MA programme explores the sources and consequences of political violence and terrorism, as well as the crucial ethical questions involved. It should appeal to students interested in careers in foreign services, security, some non-governmental or intergovernmental organisations, and many areas of the private sector.

Department of Political Science and International Studies
M.A. Conflict, Security and Development

The MA Conflict, Security & Development explores the conceptual, historical and policy issues surrounding security and development and how these manifest themselves in the wider context of contemporary warfare and international security.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.A. International Conflict Analysis

The School has a long tradition of high-quality research among its staff and students. The School’s vibrant research culture attracts students from all over the world who conduct research at the forefront of our discipline. The International Conflict Analysis programme is offered by the University of Kent.

School of Politics and International Relations
M.A. Applied Global Practice (Management)

Applied Global Practice (Management) at The University of Winchester uses key skills within international management, international relations and global studies to identify solutions to key global issues. Students explore global issues and management skills common in international business, international organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, charities, and public and voluntary bodies.

M.A. International Relations (East Asia)

This International Relations (East Asia) programme at Durham University provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations.

School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA)
M.A. International Relations - PGDip, PGCert

The taught postgraduate masters programme in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced international studies and international relations, including the application of these to real world issues. The MA and PGDip awards also provide training in social scientific methods.

Department of Social Sciences
M.A. Global Development (Education)

MA Global Development and Education combines the core element of the MA Global Development, with a specialism in Education in Development as well as options that include international educational management and leadership.

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law
M.Sc. International Relations

This International Relations programme from University of Bristol presents a broad assessment of contemporary international relations. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, ideological, cultural and ethical issues.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
M.Litt. Peace and Conflict Studies

The MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies explores the foundations of peace and conflict theory, as well as the broader challenges that arise in areas of peace building, peace processes, reconciliation and post-conflict reconstruction.

School of International Relations
M.Sc. International Relations, Law and Security

This MSc/LLM in International Relations, Law & Security introduces and familiarises students with contemporary issues relating to the course topics, examining them through legal and political viewpoints. It offers a genuinely interdisciplinary experience, which sets it apart from other MSc courses on international security and LLM courses on domestic and international security law.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Global Development (Africa)

MA Global Development and Africa provides you with up-to-date knowledge and an in-depth understanding of key contemporary debates about Africa's politics, culture, society and sustainable development.

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law
M.A. International Relations

This course gives you a grounding in the approaches to understanding contemporary international society. It provides the expertise for a range of careers where you need an advanced understanding of contemporary international society. It covers international dynamics through a range of theoretical, empirical and area-based approaches relevant in the workplace.

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
M.Sc. International Relations

University of Aberdeen, International Relations programme is offered full-time over one calendar year (September to September) and part time over two calendar years. The schedule of work for part-time students is agreed in consultation with the programme director.

College of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. International Relations

We live in an increasingly turbulent world, wracked by conflict, instability and insecurity. The roots of these problems are highly complex; the challenges involved in delivering greater peace and prosperity cannot be under-estimated. This course is designed for those who recognise the importance of acquiring advanced intellectual skills to be able to understand and analyse current trends in global politics. It studies a broad sweep of issues in international relations, including the rise of fundamentalist terrorism, the resurgence of Russia, the spread of globalisation and the emergence of new regional powers on the world stage. We are the only university in the UK that offers an internship with the BBC Afrique World Service in Senegal. This opportunity is available to students with French language skills on MA International Relations or MA European Politics.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. International Relations - Security

The International Relations (Security) master's course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced international studies, and in particular applies these to contemporary debates on 'human security', culminating in autonomous learning and independent study in the form of a dissertation.

Department of Social Sciences
M.Res. Diplomacy and International Governance

Students undertaking Masters by Research at the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance will gain specialist knowledge and relevant skills for research on various aspects of the practice of diplomacy and the conduct of international relations.

M.A. Economics and Politics

Economics is the study of the incentives that shape and reconcile the decisions that individuals, businesses, governments and societies make, and the macroeconomic outcomes such as economic fluctuations, growth, unemployment and crises, which may arise from those decisions.

College of Humanities & Social Science
M.A. International Politics and Europe

Our International Politics and Europe (IPEU) programme analyses European politics explicitly in the context of International Relations and International Political Economy. Our MA and Diploma in IPEU are leading programmes and the Department is an international centre for research on International Relations and European politics, with staff at the cutting edge of research in these areas. The programme is very useful to students keen to understand past and present international relations of Europe, and the European Union (EU) amidst times of crisis and in constantly changing world.

M.A. Corruption and Governance

Develop your understanding of what corruption is, where and why it proliferates, and what can be done to counteract it. Our interdisciplinary MA looks at issues of corruption and governance. You’ll address challenging issues of how different disciplines define corruption and how this can lead to different anti-corruption approaches.

M.Sc. Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy

This Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy programme at Loughborough University London explores the link between national and global security and the role of peace-building in developing multi-layered communities and nations. This programme offers teaching and contact hours in the evenings and on Saturdays only.

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance
M.A. Art History and International Relations

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and International Relations programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
M.Sc. International Conflict

This unique course covers the theory and history of international conflict and of intra- and inter-state disputes in the contemporary international system. It draws on subjects such as international relations, politics, economics, sociology and history. The course will enable you to examine and analyse the issues and dynamics that shape and influence conflict in the modern world, as well as explore the tools to manage and resolve it.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
M.Sc. Global Cooperation and Security

This exciting Global Cooperation and Security degree from University of Birmingham is offered exclusively through the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), comprised of a number of leading scholars in the field of security who regularly produce cutting edge, internationally renowned research. The degree is principally taught through three core modules involving an important mix of academic and practitioner input to immerse students in the politics of cooperation and conflict transformation.

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Postgraduate Diploma International Relations

Open up a world of opportunities by exploring some of the most pressing challenges facing nations today. From climate change and conflict to trade negotiations and social inequality, you will gain an understanding of these challenges at a local and global level.

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
M.A. International Relations

The course provides an innovative grounding in the central theoretical and practical aspects of International Relations, as well as an opportunity for specialist study in a range of subject areas

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies

This interdisciplinary MA explores the processes through which actors have attempted to define and build peace in areas affected by war and violence, particularly since the end of the Cold War. Drawing on expertise from the fields of history, politics, anthropology and the arts, this newly revamped course will offer students the opportunity to engage with conflict management, conflict resolution, conflict transformation, peacebuilding and statebuilding theories and practices.

M.Sc. Globalization

Globalization is widely regarded as one of most important societal changes of our times, one that affects people living all around the world. Since the late 1980s, globalization has become an important research field in the social sciences, as well as a major concern of policy-makers and citizens alike. This often places social scientists into meaningful dialogues about the benefits and drawbacks of globalization with government officials, corporate executives, leaders from civil society, and the general public.

College of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. International Relations

The International Relations course at University of Bath offers a distinctive focus on international relations issues, with academic expertise in both international security and European homeland security. You will gain an insight into the interplay of international power, order and institutions.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
M.A. Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

This MA programme is designed to critically examine the theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the dynamics of peace and conflict in the contemporary world. The programme engages with the work of leading peace and conflict studies scholars at both conceptual and empirical levels and draws on evidence from a range of recent armed conflicts.

Politics and International Relations
M.A. Diplomacy

The MA Diplomacy, University of Nottingham is a dynamic, interdisciplinary programme that will introduce you to the advanced study of diplomacy. Offered jointly by the schools of Politics and International Relations, History, and Law, it will expose you to the latest research in areas such as the law of armed conflict, crisis management, and contemporary international history.

School of Politics and International Relations
M.Sc. International Management

The 21st century business environment requires managers who can understand the complex challenges that shape today’s increasingly globalised marketplace and keep up with the pace of change. The University of Bath's MSc in International Management provides you with an advanced understanding of the international business environment by developing your global perspectives on business, informed by a deep understanding of the different national and cultural contexts in which firms operate.

Department of Management
M.Sc. International Relations - PG Dip

The International Relations - PG Dip, M.Sc. programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. The MSc in International Relations, the largest Masters stream offered by the Department of Politics and International Relations, allows you the opportunity to engage critically with broad issues in various regions around the globe.

Department of Politics & International Relations
M.A. Diplomacy and International Relations

This programme introduces students to theories, issues and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations. The programme is especially relevant to those thinking about or currently working in diplomacy, international NGOs, and international policy and politics.

M.Sc. Security Sector Management (PgDip/ PgCert)

The MSc in Security Sector Management (PgDip/ PgCert) programme from Cranfield University covers a selection of Electronic Warfare (EW) topics relevant to military systems, covering the specification, analysis, development, procurement, and technical management of military radar, electro-optics and infrared sensor systems.

Defence and Security
M.Sc. China in Comparative Perspective

Although this programme is based in the Department of Anthropology, it brings together LSE’s considerable multi-disciplinary expertise on China for the benefit of students seeking a comparative perspective of the country. It draws on a range of social science disciplines to examine China’s politics, international relations, economic history, society and culture. 

Department of Anthropology
M.A. International Relations (International Peacekeeping) / PGDip

This programme will appeal to a wide range of students who have an interest in security issues and practices, including civilian and military officials who want to deepen their understanding and upgrade their qualifications. You will develop an understanding of the core concepts that inform the study and practice of international security.

Department of Political Science and International Studies