University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

International Relations

The programme provides a sustained engagement with key issues in contemporary international relations including development and political economy, critical and human security, globalisation, gender, identity, human rights, and governance. Building on a foundational course on the conceptual/theoretical underpinnings of international relations, the programme offers a range of courses that enable individualised programmes of specialised study on a particular theme or region.

Entry requirements

Nnormally open to students with a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree classification or equivalent in international relations, politics, history, human geography, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, development dtudies, languages, law or other cognate disciplines. English proficiency is required. For candidates who do not meet these admission criteria, relevant professional experience (e.g. work for NGOs, the civil service, the military, the international media) and supportive references are taken into account. Prospective applicants who are unsure about their eligibility are encouraged to address an informal inquiry to the course director.

Course modules

Semester 1 core: Theories and concepts in international relations. Electives: Religion, power and belief; theories of globalisation; comparative European politics; themes in Latin American studies; the politics of human rights; the evolution of international law in a world of crises. semester 2 electives: Religion and the secular; Latin American security (conditions and challenges); dimensions of globalisation; the comparative study of European societies; quantitative sex; gender; violence; critical approaches; the use of force in international law. Summer: Dissertation.

Assessment methods

Formal assessment will be made through coursework, written examination, or a combination thereof, as prescribed for each course, and by submission of a dissertation. The assessment rationale for the MSc is that a wide range of assessment exercises should be used to support the development of the various skills required for a career in International Relations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 9 months
MSc Full-time - 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 18 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Secretary, School of Social Science
Telephone number: 
01224 272762