Thinking about postgraduate study in Politics or International Relations?

Whether you are interested in continuing your studies post-degree, returning to study after work, or looking to study alongside your career, we have something for you. We currently offer the following postgraduate opportunities:

Why choose Keele?

Keele has a longstanding reputation as one of the foremost centres for political studies in the country.  Many distinguished political scientists have worked at Keele since the 1950s, making significant contributions to our understanding of modern politics; these include Samuel Finer, Jean Blondel, Hugh Berrington and Jack Hayward.

In addition, Keele has long been known as a pioneering centre of International Relations scholarship.  It was also one of the first universities in the UK to offer a degree in the subject in the 1970s, and the founding professor, Alan James, who led Keele’s International Relations Department between 1974 and 1991, was one of the first chairs of the British International Studies Association.

Our current Politics staff are recognised internationally for their expertise in the areas of Comparative Politics, Parties and Elections, Policy Studies, Public Policy, Environmental Politics and Policy, and Political and International Theory. Plus, also specialise in the politics of a wide range of countries and regions of the world, especially Britain, the European Union, Western and Central Europe, Eurasia, the Balkans, the USA and the Middle East.  Similarly, our International Relations staff have internationally recognised teaching and research expertise in the areas of security studies, international history, international political economy and development, and political and IR theory.  

We offer students a flexible and dynamic postgraduate taught curriculum in Politics and International Relations pathways, either via an MA or MRES route. These taught courses are informed by cutting-edge research, in a friendly, open-minded and multidisciplinary atmosphere and can be completed full time (one year) or part-time (two years).  These pathways offer an excellent foundation for a career in a variety of sectors.  They are relevant to those wishing to gain employment in the civil or government service, including the Foreign Office, the diplomatic service, and intelligence work, as well as to those wishing to work in the European Union, the UN and other international organisations.  They are also of great use for careers in non-state actors such as trades unions, NGOs, charities or think-tanks, in the media, and in parts of the private sector which deal frequently in an international context.

We also have an excellent base for pursuing doctoral research, with a long record of successful PhD students from around the world who have gone on to careers in research in academia and in other fields. For further details, including how to apply and funding available, click on PhD/MPhil routes.

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