Masters | Postgraduate Course - International Relations MSc Course Details within University of Surrey

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International Relations MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year full-time

Why choose this course

In the modern world, international politics dominates the news. Politics, economics and law interconnect on a global scale, and affect society at all levels.

Our exciting MSc International Relations gives you the opportunity to explore how politics is shaped at an international level. Through your studies you will delve into one of the following specialist areas of international relations: conflict, intervention and security; economy and trade; and global governance.

You will master essential skills in political science that enable you to explore the links between local, national and international structures, and critically evaluate crucial contemporary debates in the field of international relations.

What you will study

Our MSc International Relations has two pathways you can choose from. 

On our International Relations pathway you will examine the most relevant issues in the contemporary international system and processes of global governance. 

On our innovative International Intervention pathway you will deepen your understanding of this complex area. This pathway also includes the option of a placement, allowing you to spend three months working in international politics. 

There are a set of common compulsory modules for all pathways, in addition to two compulsory modules for your chosen pathway, and three optional modules from a range of international politics topics.

Module details

 Year 1 (full-time)

  • DISSERTATION Compulsory Year-long
  • INTERNATIONAL INTERVENTION Optional
  • INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE Optional
  • INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH Compulsory
  • KEY ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS Optional
  • THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Compulsory
  • CRITICAL STUDIES ON SECURITY AND TERRORISM Optional
  • GLOBAL GOVERNANCE Optional
  • INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY Optional
  • INTERNATIONAL TRADE Optional
  • RESEARCH IN PRACTICE Compulsory

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

  • Choose 3 optional modules

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.