University of Portsmouth

MA International Relations and Politics

If you're passionate about studying global conflict and co-operation at postgraduate level, but you can't commit to attending university every week, this MA International Relations and Politics offers a convenient way to study a Master's.

You'll fit each module into a week's focused study, with a few weeks' rest between. In your intensive study weeks, you'll explore the contours of contemporary insecurity, examine the key drivers of political and public policy decision making across the globe, and apply key analytical concepts to local and international political developments.

You'll challenge conventional explanations, develop your own arguments, and participate in key debates about international conflict, global politics and public policy. You'll develop advanced analytic skills and critical assessment abilities, and learn to write engaging reports, policy briefs and essays.

When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to generate creative solutions that benefit the global economy, international society and national level institutions. You'll be suited for roles in security, development, social policy, governance, advocacy and communications. Previous graduates from our International Relations and Politics courses have gone on to work in parliaments, political parties, third sector and civil society organisations.

This is a new course and we're currently finalising the detailed information for this page. You can still see entry requirements and apply. You can also see information about what modules you'll study and course costs.

Entry Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Career Prospects

You'll build your opportunities for promotion and career development with this degree, shaping yourself into an active and informed global citizen. You'll develop the skills and knowledge to help you progress in – or enter – a career that values your awareness of ethical and effective action on the world stage.

Previous graduates from our International Relations and Politics courses have gone on to work in parliaments, political parties, third sector and civil society organisations.

Work experience and career planning

If you're not already in employment, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

Course Details


Core Modules 

  • Exploring International Relations (delivered on campus in October 2021) – 30 credits
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations (delivered on campus) – 30 credits
  • Defence and Deterrence (delivered on campus) – 30 credits
  • Researching International Relations (studied online) – 15 credits
  • Comparative Public Policy and Administration (delivered on campus) – 30 credits
  • Dissertation (supervised online) – 45 credits 


*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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