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Conflict, instability and insecurity are just some of the major challenges threatening the peace and prosperity of the world. If you're eager to tackle these issues – and help create strategies to overcome them – then our MA International Relations degree course is for you.

On this MA International Relations course, you'll unpack the skills needed to analyse and understand our political world. You'll grow your understanding of current political trends, by studying topics such as the emergence of new regional powers and non-governmental actors, the rise of fundamentalist terrorism, the spread of globalisation, and the sway of identity and citizenship politics on the global stage.

And when you graduate, you'll have the expertise you need to pursue a career in international relations, politics, the civil service or the commercial sector.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn about the key themes in international relations, such as contemporary security, global governance, and nation and identity
  • Develop expertise in issues relating to Europe, ideal for students who intend to pursue careers in European institutions or with political lobbyists and thinktanks
  • Teaching informed by contemporary political culture and the research expertise of our staff, including the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of a Transnational Europe (CESTE2) and Transnational Civil Society
  • Take part in work experience, a useful way to combine postgraduate study with practical experience to bolster your CV
  • Complete an independent research project in a subject relevant to your future career
  • Get to study with members of CEISR, the UK's largest centre for European Studies
  • Stand out against the competition, by learning subject expertise and advanced research skills
  • Use our facilities, including the Study Centre and library, with 24/7 access to electronic resources including ejournals and newspapers
  • Get expert advice from our Employability Team about placements, internships, and careers

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in international relations.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

More than ever, there's a demand for people with an advanced knowledge of European affairs. When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in fields which value this interdisciplinary knowledge.

What's more, the course provides advanced training in transferable skills which can be applied across careers in:

  • Local government
  • UK civil service
  • Foreign government
  • European and international institutions
  • NGOs
  • Teaching
  • Further research
  • Commercial sector

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


Visit the International Relations MA page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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