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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 MSc International Relations course you will study how politics is shaped internationally, while developing the research and analytical skills to support your future career. You will master international relations theories and political science methods that will enable you to investigate the links between local, national, and international politics, and to engage in issues that shape the world today
What you will study
Our International Relations MSc pathway examines the most salient issues in contemporary international politics, in a course that is customisable according to your interests.
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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.
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The University of Surrey is one of the UK's top professional, scientific and technological universities. Surrey has a world-class profile, a leading reputation in teaching and research, and received a prestigious Gold award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)Read more
"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.
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