University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

International Affairs

This programme is for students who want an advanced professional qualification that will provide a launch pad for a career in international affairs/policymaking. The course offers academic instruction and a range of professional development workshops focused on skills such as negotiating, communicating with impact, and writing effectively. Students gain the analytical and conceptual skills necessary to critically evaluate policy issues, processes, and implementation. They examine in detail the political, economic, and social context of policymaking. They develop in-depth knowledge of specific policy spheres. Students receive a thorough training in analytical methods, both qualitative and quantitative.

Entry requirements

The academic entry requirement is a UK Bachelor Honours degree with at least 2.1 or its international equivalent. An official transcript and certificate (if the degree has been awarded) is required upon application. References are not required upon initial application but may be requested at a later stage in the application process. Where work experience is taken into consideration, an up-to-date CV and work reference is required. If English is not their 1st language, students must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (at least 23 in each module); PTE(A): Total 67 (at least 61 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections); CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A

Course modules

Students complete 6 compulsory courses and 2 two optional courses over 2 semesters, after which they will complete the MIA Capstone. The Capstone involves a 3-month placement at a policy-focused organisation, followed by the completion of an independently researched analytical report addressing a specific international or transnational policy challenge.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MIA Full-time - 15 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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Academy of Government
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