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Course summary

International Relations involves studying the complex interactions between sovereign states and a wide range of other organisations and institutions, including:

  • multinational corporations
  • security alliances
  • international financial/trade organisations
  • international legal bodies
  • aid/development institutions
This programme provides the opportunity to analyse major issues in global affairs and engage with leading academic research within your own area(s) of interest. For example:
  • the economic and cultural impact of globalisation
  • triggers of state and non-state conflict and war
  • the construction of foreign policy
  • the significance of gender to policy and policy-making
  • the environment and climate change
  • international aid efforts and poverty alleviation
The programme enables students to examine global empirical issues and developments, and adopt a range of theoretical approaches that allow them to analyse and interpret the world with different conceptual lenses. This degree programme is broad and wide-ranging. However, for students seeking to specialise in particular areas/countries of the world, it contains specialist optional courses on regions such as Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia (please note that course availability is subject to change each year). How will I learn? This taught MSc programme combines a small number of core courses with a larger number of optional, more topic-specific courses. The core courses generally combine large-group lectures with small-group tutorials. The optional courses are smaller and may also involve lectures and tutorials, or be taught via more interactive seminar sessions. We expect students to engage in regular, independent learning outside of the classroom. A concentrated engagement with the relevant academic literature is a key requirement. Lecturers and tutors on the programme will recommend readings, but at the MSc level, students are also expected to go beyond the reading lists provided.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

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International Relations at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS