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.
Please note: this programme is for January 2019 entry.
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.
Prof James Ker-Lindsay, who has written extensively on foreign policy and conflict resolution, is a leading authority on secession and recognition in international politics. He has a practical background in international affairs, having worked at the Foreign Office and at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). Prof John Charmley is one of Britain’s leading diplomatic historians.
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
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.
The taught programme runs over two semesters full time (September until May). Classes are held in late-afternoon and evening.
Assessment is based on written coursework and includes assignments specifically designed to build key analytical and communication skills. These include preparing policy briefings, engaging with the media and delivering presentations and speeches.
Your dissertation or professional practice is an independent project that you will complete between June and September.
The course has three possible exit points:
- Postgraduate Certificate: successful completion of 60 credits
- Postgraduate Diploma: successful completion of 120 credits without a dissertation
- Master's: successful completion of 120 credits plus a 15,000-word dissertation or professional practice report
- 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