International Relations

Postgraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

An experience like no other. Learn how to be a thought leader and problem solver in an age of global challenges with our MA International Relations.

International Relations

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Number of Credits

MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits

Start date

September 2024


Degree Type




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On our MA International Relations, our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This incorporates;

  • Balancing traditional international relations theory, case studies, and literature alongside a critical approach which explores and deconstructs the complex relationships between power, conflict, identity, and globalisation. 
  • Providing the link between theory and practice through experiential learning and the application of global case studies.
  • Exploring the breadth of challenges relevant to the field of international relations today, using perspectives from criminology, sociology, and human rights. 

These three strands will ensure that you understand both the problems and solutions we face as an international community in both theory and practice.

How you'll learn

A course that's built around you.

This well-rounded programme will be delivered through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars 
  • workshops

To ensure that equal weighting is given to theoretical expertise, interactive explorations of the application of theory in practice.

Students will benefit from experiential learning using in-class case studies, simulations, and field trips and assessment will be through diverse forms of coursework (e.g. problem-based essays, presentations, podcasts, reflective journals, research proposals). 

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Career options

It all starts here. 

A key reason for the balanced approach between the theoretical and practical in this programme is a focus on employability. You will be regularly assessed on practical applications of international relations through:

  • presentations
  • participation in simulations
  • drafting policy documents
  • other diverse forms of experiential learning and coursework. 


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In addition, extra-curricular activities and opportunity for placement work will provide transferable skills and workplace contacts necessary to compete and succeed in jobs in: charities, policy think tanks, multilateral and intergovernmental organisations such as the UN and UNICEF, international businesses, law firms, banks, local and national government, media companies, as well as non-governmental organisations. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£9,188 £17,325

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Our Research

Our researchers are active within Roehampton's Centre for Equality, Justice and Social Change. Their work on social justice centres around four principal research themes: citizenship, migration and rights, personal life, sexuality and identity, social and political violence, and health policies, illness and well-being. 

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