Politics and International Relations - Pathway in International Relations at Keele University - UCAS

Keele University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Politics and International Relations - Pathway in International Relations (Taught)

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Course summary

Focused on international relations, this fascinating course considers how the world works, the global concerns, politics and interactions between different nation states, organisations and individuals. Conducting your own action research and in-depth dissertation, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules, capitalising on our leading expertise in human rights, equality and discrimination, diplomacy, security studies, British politics, European integration, comparative politics, political theory, and more. Both the MA and MRes, which develops in-depth research knowledge and skills, prepare you for an academic or professional career focused on international relations, here in the UK or anywhere in the world. Why study this course?

  • Keele was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a degree in international relations over 50 years ago and has a longstanding reputation as one of the foremost centres for political studies
  • Benefit from leading expertise across diverse subjects, from security studies and environmental protest movements, to international political economy and development, and history
  • Specialist knowledge of Britain, the European Union, Western and Central Europe, Eurasia, the Balkans, USA and Middle East, has led to staff advising governments and testifying in Parliament.
  • Undertake action research with immediate impact – one recent project looked at receptiveness to Covid Vaccination, another analysed reasons for the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK.
  • High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and a strong, inclusive research community with opportunities to engage with the Keele Model United Nations society.
Pandemics, terrorism, environmental and human rights concerns are just some of the many challenge facing today’s globalised world, which call for better cooperation and understanding between nation-states and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in areas such as politics, economics, and security. There is an increasing demand in government, non-profits and academia for professionals skilled in politics and international relations – two subject specialisms in which Keele has enjoyed a longstanding reputation for teaching and research excellence. International relations has been taught here for over 50 years, founded by Professor Alan James, one of the first chairs of the British International Studies Association. While some of the best known political scientists in the UK and Europe have worked at Keele since the 1950s, including Samuel Finer, Jean Blondel, Hugh Berrington and Jack Hayward. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

You should have at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree or equivalent in Politics, International Relations or any social science subject (e.g Law or Sociology), or a humanities subject (e.g History, Philosophy, English, or Modern languages). Where English is not a first language, evidence of English language competence will be required (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test). Applicants will need to provide 1 academic reference.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website. https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduatestudy/tuitionfeesandfunding

Sponsorship information

For MRes, ESRC funding may be available.

Politics and International Relations - Pathway in International Relations at Keele University - UCAS