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Many of the issues of international relations have been thrust directly into our everyday lives. This requires us to reflect on them systematically.

Our course takes the exciting and troubling times we live in as its starting point. We use a theoretically grounded approach with a distinctive critical edge to cover the theory and the history of international relations. You examine a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance with students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

How will I study?

You’ll learn through taught modules and options. There is also a research module – taught as a series of workshops – that gives you professional skills training and prepares you for dissertation research.You may also do a research placement.

You will be assessed by term papers. You also write a supervised 10,000-word dissertation.

Field trip

This course offers an optional field trip to Brussels, Belgium or Geneva, Switzerland.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


This course is for you if you’re hoping to go on to postgraduate research, or a professional career in international relations or international affairs. We’ll help you identify study placements in these fields.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:
-Government foreign and defence ministries
-International organisations such as the UN
-NGOs such as Oxfam, CAFOD, Amnesty International and the Red Cross
-International development organisations such as World Bank
-International media or journalism
-Academia and research institutes

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





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