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International Relations (MSc)

Course Description

Your programme of study

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.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Theories and Concepts in International Relations


Themes in Latin America

Qualitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations

Theories and Issues in Political Science and Ir

Region, Conflict and Security

Semester 2

Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges

Global Security Issues

Quantitative Methods in Political Science and International Relations

Research Design, Data and Presentation

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Dimensions of Globalisation

The Comparative Study of European Societies

Sex, Gender, Violence: Critical Approaches

Post-Conflict Justice and Peace building

Global Conflict and Peace Processes

Semester 3

Dissertation in International Relations

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page


Why study at Aberdeen?

•   You are taught by the School of Social Sciences rated as 'Excellent' and ranked 5th in grant income in the UK with major EU and world  

    projects to influence peace building activities

•   Students rate the degree as 85% satisfied (National Student Survey

Where you study

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

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:


*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



Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

•  Your Accommodation

•   Campus Facilities

•   Aberdeen City

•   Student Support

•  Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:


Living costs


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

Student Profiles

International Masters Scholarship - 20+ Awards

University of Aberdeen has a high academic standard and quality within all of its programmes. It wishes to promote talent and encourage students from:
African Countriesto study a postgraduate qualification at University of Aberdeen

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships are available in January and September
You must have an unconditional offer for a masters taught programme
You must be a full time international student
You must be based at the Aberdeen City campus for your studies

Application Procedure

Once you have received your firm offer from the Vice Principle you will receive a scholarship offer.
Instructions will be sent to you about how to accept your scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma will normally be open to students with a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree classification or equivalent in International Relations, Politics, History, Human Geography

Last Updated

02 August 2017

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