Politics and International Relations (International Relations) - MA / MRes

Focused on international relations, this fascinating course considers how the world works, the global concerns, politics and interactions between different nation states, organisations and individuals. Conducting your own action research and in-depth dissertation, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules, capitalising on our leading expertise in human rights, equality and discrimination, diplomacy, security studies, British politics, European integration, comparative politics, political theory, and more. Both the MA and MRes, which develops in-depth research knowledge and skills, prepare you for an academic or professional career focused on international relations, here in the UK or anywhere in the world.

Month of entry

  • September, January

Mode of study

  • Full time, Part time


Subject area

  • Politics and International Relations

Fees for 2023/24 academic year

  • UK - Full time £8,900 per year. Part time £4,900 per year.
    International - £17,700 per year.

Duration of study

  • Full time 1 year, Part time 2 years

Please note: this course is no longer accepting applications from international students for September 2023 entry

This course is open for January 2024 entry for UK and International students

Why study Politics and International Relations (International Relations) at Keele University?

Keele was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a degree in international relations over 50 years ago and has a longstanding reputation as one of the foremost centres for political studies
Benefit from leading expertise across diverse subjects, from security studies and environmental protest movements, to international political economy and development, and history
Specialist knowledge of Britain, the European Union, Western and Central Europe, Eurasia, the Balkans, USA and Middle East, has led to staff advising governments and testifying in Parliament.
Undertake action research with immediate impact – one recent project looked at receptiveness to Covid Vaccination, another analysed reasons for the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK.
High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and a strong, inclusive research community with opportunities to engage with the Keele Model United Nations society.
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"The chance to take an interdisciplinary approach via the module choices has meant that I have been part of the Law department for Human Rights modules and English department studying Dissent and International Relations department for the theory and structure of the Masters. I have become a much more confident academic which is definitely thanks to the lovely supportive staff, both academic and administrative, within SPIRE. I have had the chance to continue to work as an activist, presenting as part of a teach-out and helping with various things during the industrial action early in 2018. I have also been a very active member of the Keele Postgraduate Association, taking on the role of Equality and Diversity Officer. I never expected to have such a busy and exciting year but Keele is full of surprises and wonderful people to help encourage you with your work."

Sophia, Graduate

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"I appreciated learning not only from the lecturers, but also from international students. The availability of the lecturers was also a great support to conduct my research project on the destruction of cultural heritage by warfare. As for the social life, living on campus allowed me to get involved in social and sport activities, meet people from all over the world right from the first “international students week” during which we received a very warm welcome."

Louise, Graduate

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