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About the course

You will investigate and contextualise major events, current crises and global trends with a particular focus on security, international relations theory and foreign policy.

Our teaching is informed by the international challenges we face in the 21st Century, the latest think tank reports, policy texts and the core texts that have shaped the discipline.

Teaching may include input from external speakers, debates, conferences, field trips and simulations.

Tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions with our wide range of optional modules including Global Security, East Asian Regional Order, and The Politics of Global Capitalism.

We will equip you with skills that are highly sought after by employers or for further study around the world.

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Entry Requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

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Student Profile(s)


I ultimately decided to go to Exeter after meeting the faculty here who genuinely care about their students and how we use our time here to prepare for what comes after grad school. That, combined with Exeter’s amazing campus and student societies have only served to reinforce my belief that my decision to go to Exeter was the right one. Exeter also has a great employability program that focusses on preparing students for the job market. Whatever stage you are at in the process, the career consultants in the career zone are always sure to be able to help point you to the resources you need or provide career counselling if you are stuck.

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter has shown me, through lecture, debate, and discussion, that my career lies in engaging with people about issues I care about. Investing in renewable energies, revitalizing local government, harnessing the power of technology to decrease rather than widen the gap between developing countries and their developed counterparts will be essential to developing a world worthy of the ideas and lessons we have inherited from the past. My experience pursuing my MA in International Relations at Exeter has shown me that my career and future lies in engaging with these questions and involving as many people as possible in the conversation that these questions generate.


We’ve provided the information on our website to help you get started on finding funding opportunities that are available to you: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Over £4 million in scholarships available


We recommend you start looking as early as possible for funding, especially if you will need financial assistance to undertake a postgraduate course.

There are a number of ways to fund postgraduate study including: scholarships, studentships, wages, bursaries, savings, inheritance, and, increasingly, alternative methods such as crowdfunding and philanthropy. The options available may depend on your fee status or other criteria.

Application Procedure

See our website for details of funding available and how to apply :https://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/

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