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MSc - International Relations

University of Surrey    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Full time October MSc Full-time: 1 year

About the course

Why choose this course

International relations is an inescapable subject. Politics, economics and law interconnect on a global scale, affecting individuals and organisations at all levels of society.

On our International Relations MSc, you will study how politics is shaped internationally, while developing the research and analytical skills to support your future career.

You’ll master international relations theories and political science methods that will enable you to investigate the links between local, national and international politics, and engage in issues that shape the world today.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Area Studies (Asian Studies, European Studies etc.), Business Management, Criminology, Economics, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Intercultural Communication and Translation, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Philosophy, Political Psychology, Politics, Public Administration, Sociology, Social Psychology or Women's Studies, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements.

 Course Content

Where is University of Surrey


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Student Profile(s)

Antonia Richards Evans

"My course at Surrey equipped me with the research background - both theoretical and practical - I needed to have a headstart in the market research industry."

Antonia Richards Evans is a Reputation Researcher, and studied for an MSc International Relations.

What attracted you to choose the University of Surrey and to study your course here?

Surrey was a well-regarded university with a good ranking position. I instantly liked the Politics Department and atmosphere of the campus and Surrey offered the course I wanted to pursue.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey - what do you picture first when you think of being here?

The staff in the Politics Department and the amazing friendships I formed here.

What were the best things about your course?

The course was broad and there were a lot of different modules to choose from, allowing us to specialise in a specific area of politics. The assessments and seminars helped me develop my ability to form well-founded arguments and the ability to question and evaluate accepted knowledge.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your line of work?

I work in reputation research, where I help clients measure their corporate reputations by developing and delivering comprehensive stakeholder opinion research. What I find most enjoyable is the methodical nature developing research programmes, whose results are then used to make a real difference to a company's business strategy.

How did you decide what career to go into? How did your time at Surrey help you to decide?

My course at Surrey equipped me with the research background - both theoretical and practical - I needed to have a headstart in the market research industry. The personal development I underwent through my course at Surrey has also given me a great deal of confidence in my ability to manage my own workload, contribute new ideas and to be a reliable team member.


The discount applies to:

September/October 2021 entrants
February 2021 entrants
February 2022 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters programmes are running with a February intake for the 2021/22 academic year.

Students graduating in the summer of 2021 may be eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII DUFE are eligible for this scheme. Associated Institution students are not eligible. This scheme is not available to modular self-pacing students.

This scheme is only open to 2021 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% tuition fee discount


If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 per cent discount on our taught postgraduate masters programme fees.

Application Procedure

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

For eligible students, the required pre-payment (deposit) of tuition fees due for 2021/22 will have to be paid in order to enrol on your programme, as previously detailed to you by the admissions team, then the twenty per cent discount (based on the full fee amount for 2021/22) is deducted from the remaining balance.

This means the tuition fee invoice, which will be emailed to your University email account sometime during October/November 2021 or February 2022 will reflect the actual balance due.

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Surrey is pleased to announce that we will be running the Surrey International Masters Scholarship for new masters students coming to Surrey in 2022 from seven different countries. Awards of £2,500 are available to all applicants holding a Surrey offer to study a full-time masters programme in February 2022, (except the Surrey MBA).

All successful offer holders will be awarded a tuition fee discount of £2,500 on the first-year fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



In order to be eligible, applicants must:

Be domiciled in India, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam or Ghana.
Hold an offer for a full-time masters programme (except MBA).
Meet all the conditions of your offer.
Be an overseas fee-paying student (this scholarship is not available for students eligible for UK fees).
Be self-funded (you must be paying for your studies independently rather than being sponsored or in receipt of another scholarship. You may, however, also be in receipt of the Surrey alumni discount).
Be registering on the first year of a full-time Masters programme with a February 2022 start date.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application for this scholarship. All offer holders will be considered against the stated criteria and, if successful, the award will be paid in the form of a tuition fee discount. This discount will not appear on your offer letter, but will be applied to your CAS letter.

For programmes of more than one year the award is payable for the first year of study only.

Final decisions on the eligibility of applicants and allocation of scholarships will be made by the University of Surrey’s International Student Recruitment Office.

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The scholarship is awarded as either a £5,000 or £10,000 fee waiver. The scheme is application based and awards are decided by a scholarship awards panel.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000 or £10,000


This scholarship is open to self-funded international fee-paying students regardless of nationality or domicile. It is applicable for all taught masters programmes in the subject areas listed below:

Chemical and process engineering
Civil and environmental engineering
Electrical and electronic engineering
Environment and sustainability
Food, nutrition and dietetics
Politics and international relations

Application Procedure

This scholarship is application-based. Surrey offer-holders may apply via the online form.

Applications open 1 December 2021 (1 July for February 2023)
Applications are reviewed monthly starting in January
You must have an offer from the University to complete the scholarship application form.
Please note that this award can't be combined with the International Masters Scholarship or the alumni discount.

For application enquiries please contact international@surrey.ac.uk

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