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In the modern world, international politics dominates the news. Politics, economics and law interconnect on a global scale, and affect society at all levels.

Our exciting MSc International Relations gives you the opportunity to explore how politics is shaped at an international level. Through your studies you will delve into one of the following specialist areas of international relations: conflict, intervention and security; economy and trade; and global governance.

You will master essential skills in political science that enable you to explore the links between local, national and international structures, and critically evaluate crucial contemporary debates in the field of international relations.

What you will study

Our MSc International Relations has two pathways you can choose from. 

On our International Relations pathway you will examine the most relevant issues in the contemporary international system and processes of global governance. 

On our innovative International Intervention pathway you will deepen your understanding of this complex area. This pathway also includes the option of a placement, allowing you to spend three months working in international politics. 

There are a set of common compulsory modules for all pathways, in addition to two compulsory modules for your chosen pathway, and three optional modules from a range of international politics topics.

Career prospects

Our MSc in International Relations is a great stepping stone in your career development, whatever your plans.

Through its assessed, three-month placement, the International Intervention pathway offers an excellent opportunity to enhance a wide range of transferable skills and build personal networks which will significantly enhance your employment opportunities upon graduation.

Students from the Department of Politics have gone on to a wide range of careers. These include working for international organisations, national and local government, lobby groups and non-governmental organisations, as well as private businesses and media organisations.

We also offer doctoral supervision in a wide range of political subjects for talented students who wish to continue their studies.


The course is also based off campus at your placement location in or outside the UK. This is if you choose the International Intervention pathway.

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





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