University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

International Relations and European Studies

This course offers study of new security threats, terrorism, the rise of economic power in the East, the resurgence of Russia, and the spread of globalisation, alongside the establishment of the EU as an international player. You will engage with the main debates in this field, with a multidisciplinary approach to specific topics.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in social sciences, humanities or related subject. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Core modules: Global governance; challenges to EU politics and governance; contemporary security in international relations (providers and challenges); dissertation/major project. Optional modules: Europe (integration and democratisation); France and Africa (from the colonial to the contemporary era); nation and identity in Europe; Europe and the world; negotiation and lobbying in the EU (a simulation game); independent project; work-based learning.

Assessment methods

Assessment for most units on the course is in the form of an extended essay or project plus a 15,000-word dissertation at the end.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time £ 2,300 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 4,600 per Academic year (home fees) 13 months
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 13 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8299