University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

International Relations

This course 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. 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. In addition, the course 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.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Contemporary international relations; debating international relations theory; international institutions and regimes; principles of research design. Elective classes: Feminism and international relations; European governance; European political economy; contemporary security challenges and responses; law of the world trade organisation; international environmental law; global health, rights and development; quantitative methods 1, quantitative methods 2; qualitative methods.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed by a variety of methods including: essays; options papers; group projects; exams.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 per (Year 1) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,800 per (Year 1) 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 6,750 per (Year 1) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,400 per (Year 1) 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Strathclyde G1 1XQ Scotland

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