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Your programme of study

International Relations and International Law give you a wider access to employment within international development and trade, plus government and political areas.  

If you want to enjoy a career within international relations you may be looking at positions within policy making within government and the civil service within foreign affairs. You can also go into the defence area, development and human rights. A lot of graduates choose to go into advocacy, research and project management from this degree working for NGOs. Some others follow careers in regional and global institutions such as the EU or UN and others go into the armed forces or international media working as journalists and reporters. Other careers our graduates have followed have been in international risk management and international corporations in trade and finance. The postgraduate degree can make a real difference in terms of having a postgraduate qualification to allow you to continue on your career path or change careers.

The programme gives you engagement with key issues in contemporary International Relations including development and political economy, critical and human security, gender, identity and human rights and more. You learn the debates about globalisation, international institutions, international development and global political economy. This includes culture and identity, citizenship and stabilisation of power. The programme gives you an interdisciplinary perspective on global governance and law including areas such as; technology, economics, history, geography, sociology, criminology, diplomacy, international security, finance, human rights and more. Additional modules within international law mean you have a great range of knowledge and employment options in an advisory role.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Theories and Concepts in International Relations
  • International Law
  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

Semester 2

  • International Humanitarian Law


  • Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges
  • Global Security Issues
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • International Human Rights Law
  • The use of Force in International Law

Semester 3

  • Dissertation in International Relations

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by experts from the School of Social Science and School of Law (ranked top 10 in the UK (Good University Guide 2018)
  • You can attend research seminars organised by the Centre for Sustainable International Development, Centre for Global Security and  Governance and New Europe Centre.
  • You are encouraged to provide live consultancy work within one of the School of Law's public projects including Lawyers Without Borders, 
  • Casus Omissus (Aberdeen Law Project) and others. This will really help you apply your skills and give you confidence within actual practice.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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  • International
  • Scotland and EU
  • Other UK

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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Visit the International Relations and International Law (MSc) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!





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