There has never been a more important time to study international affairs. Our MSc in International Relations helps you make sense of complex developments in an uncertain political world.
Why study International Relations?
We live in a time of uncertainty; everywhere we look there are huge challenges to the established international order:
- As well as the serious ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, there is a host of small-scale wars and insurgencies taking place around the world.
- Population displacement, forced migration and human trafficking are tragic effects of current conflicts.
- Terrorism continues to pose a major threat in many countries.
- Growing calls for independence by minority communities in many countries.
- Global challenges, such as climate change and regional economic inequality.
Understanding and navigating this complex international environment is a huge challenge for governments, non-governmental organisations, and businesses.
This degree programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to make sense of international affairs. The course also has a very strong focus on practical skills, ensuring that you leave St Mary’s with excellent analytical and communication skills.
Why St Mary's?
St Mary’s University has exceptional expertise within the international relations sphere, including recognised scholars in the fields of conflict and diplomatic studies.
We are home to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery, one of Britain’s leading research units in the fields of organised crime and human trafficking. It has links to a range of external partners, including policy-makers, academic institutions, campaigners, international organisations and NGOs.
Our outstanding team of visiting professors include:
- Field Marshal Lord Guthrie: the former Chief of Defence Staff.
- Ambassador Noel Fahey: Ireland’s former Ambassador to the United States and Germany
- Sir Ivor Roberts: a former British Ambassador to Yugoslavia and editor of the world’s leading handbook of diplomatic practice
- You will be taught by academics with hands-on experience of international political relations
- Located near international organisations, embassies and think tanks in the capital
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, with direct public transport into the heart of Central London