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International Relations and Politics MPhil

International Relations and Politics MPhil

Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

International Relations International Politics

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is suitable both for students who have just completed their first degree and for mature students from, for example, industry, teaching, the civil service or the armed forces. The MPhil in International Relations and Politics is a ten month full-time course offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). It is designed to meet the needs of all those who wish to enhance their understanding of IR and Politics at a graduate level. It is appropriate for those who wish to embark upon an academic career, in the first instance through pursuing doctoral research, but also for those looking to embark on careers in the media, politics, law, public administration, the civil service, finance, teaching, and the charity sector. The programme aims to offer an overview of the academic study of International Relations and Politics; to provide a critical understanding of the international political system and methods for studying it; to equip students with an understanding of the particular contributions offered by such diverse approaches as: International Theory, International Politics, International Political Economy, Foreign Policy and Security Studies, International Law and the History of International Relations.

Among graduate courses in international relations and politics at British universities, the Cambridge MPhil in International Relations and Politics is distinctive in its multidisciplinary approach and breadth. Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars in theory, politics, history, economics, law, security and various regional and area studies, as well as individual thesis supervision. The taught part of the course aims to familiarize you with the range and variety of disciplines required for a thorough critical understanding of the field in all its complexity and of the means and methods that have been devised to understand it better.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


10 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree. A background in international relations, politics, law, economics, security or history is a definite asset but is not a requirement. Applicants from the USA, Canada and Hong Kong will be expected to obtain/have obtained a GPA of 3.85.