University of Bath

University of Bath

International Relations and European Politics

The MA in International Relations and European Politics provides students with: A unique postgraduate experience designed to train graduates pursuing international careers in administration, diplomacy, policy formation and research; the opportunity to study in an internationally diverse postgraduate community; an enthusiastic and approachable teaching team who are internationally renowned experts in their research fields; a clear geographical perspective to international relations and a solid analytical framework in a unique blend of theory and empirical analysis; insight into contemporary international relations and the dimensions of political interactions. The programme explores contemporary European politics and societies. It has a distinctive focus on European policies and policy making. Our students study the interplay of multi level governance between European and national institutions.

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree (1st or 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. In addition, we also take the following into account: extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in commerce, or industry, or in teaching, or in a government establishment, together with authorship of papers or other work of an acceptable academic standard, eg published translation.English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the 4 components); PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component. References: 2 references are required, atleast 1 of which must be an academic reference.

Course modules

Core units: international relations theories; comparative European politics; scopes and methods of politics and international relations; Master's dissertation. Optional units: the politics of sustainability: environmental security and international relations; resilience and national security; the politics of migration; memory culture: memory politics; Europe in global politics; multilevel governance and multi layered citizenship in Europe; social modernisation and the transformation of democracy; European security; foreign policy analysis; comparative European social policy; international organisations in world politics; global governance; Britain and Europe.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations. We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills which, in many units, is part of the assessed work.

Sponsorship information


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
01225 383037