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International Relations MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Relations

Course type


Course Summary

The course is distinctive in combining American and British, positivist and critical, approaches to this field of study, as well as in its range of specialist classes on topics as diverse as international law, the EU, security and gender. It will equip you with a systematic grounding in the analysis of international politics, in terms both of the issues, actors and processes that shape the world today and the theoretical frameworks and methodological techniques by which we make sense of them. In addition, the MSc in International Relations offers rigorous methodological training, drawing on long-established expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods. You'll be encouraged to evaluate these methods and to apply them to international political actors and processes. The course will significantly enhance your employability skills in terms of research management, data analysis and critical thinking.

Different course options

Full time | University of Strathclyde | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This class surveys contemporary theories of international relations, showcasing both positivist, rationalist approaches and post-positivist, critical alternatives. Intended to explore the points of convergence as well as disagreement between these different views, the class will also encourage students to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the rival frameworks and on their application and purpose.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a first or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science.

University information

Located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, the University of Strathclyde offers a fantastic experience, where you will enjoy flexible, innovative learning and excellent facilities. Many of their courses can be studied part-time or by distance learning, where you can carry out most of your studies off campus using their virtual learning environment, MyPlace. Their campus offers excellent facilities including state of-the-art...more

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