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

Despite challenges to its global dominance from China and Russia, the US is widely considered the sole superpower of our multi-polar world, a vital force in international politics and source of fascination to outside observers. On this course, one of the few postgraduate programmes in the UK focused on US politics, you can delve into the personalities and power behind the Oval Office or explore the impact of the iconic civil rights movement on American culture and politics. You’ll conduct research alongside our leading political scientists, including specialists on the US Presidency and developments in US criminal justice policy.

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 (US Politics) 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 school is a diverse school and allows you to fully experience all of the benefits of studying at Keele. After finishing my Masters' degree I began working in Keele Students' Union helping run democratic events and elections for students, and was able to make full use of my degree when looking for employment. Being a student was incredible fun, getting to focus on the fields I was interested in but also learning about so many areas, learning from academics passionate about their work and alongside students from all over the world."

Liam, US Politics Pathway Graduate

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Keele Postgraduate Association

Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.

KPA interior

Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.

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