The Graduate School of Social and Political Science is an exciting place to study Internaionl Relations. We are passionate about international relations and the pressing problems humanity faces in the international realm. Our staff and students are concerned with war, terrorism, power, diplomacy, climate change, trade, poverty, migration and international cooperation, but also what to do about them, how to understand them, and how to study them.
Our International Relations programme is for anyone who shares these passions and concerns. It offers intensive training in the theory and practice of international relations, and preparation for a diverse range of international careers or further research.
Our approach to international relations combines innovative research with creative and inspirational teaching. Together, our staff combine intricate working knowledge of the great international institutions with a deep appreciation of historical change and the most important ideas in international thought. Through our research at the cutting edge of the discipline we hope to inspire our students to a world of possibilities, from the sociology of the financial crisis to state survival in the Middle East and the social construction of security.
Both the city and University of Edinburgh are dynamic, cosmopolitan centres of international political engagement, culture and learning. They combine centuries of political, economic, military and intellectual history, including the legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment, with the modern institutions of a forward thinking capital city. Edinburgh itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the University is currently ranked 20th in the world in the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings.
The programme prepares students for a wide variety of careers in International Relations. The list below shows a selection of institutions where our past students have gone on to develp their profesional careers:
NATO Crisis Management Policy Division
United Nations Development Programme, Disaster Risk Reduction
United Nations, Elections Officer
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
United Nations Mine Action Service
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Security Council
European Commission (stages in DGs Agriculture, Competition, Enlargement, Trade)
European Commission Delegation in Washington
Council of the Baltic Sea States
Structure and courses
The MSc Programme is taken over twelve months of full-time study (part-time candidates normally fulfil the requirements of the degree in 24 months). It consists of two parts. Part I comprises a programme of six courses; Part II consists of the Dissertation. A student must pass Part I in order to proceed to Part II.
International Relations Theories
and at least one of the following:
International Political Economy
Students are expected to choose optional courses form an extensive list of optional courses from within the School. With the agreement of the Director and the relevant outside department, candidates may also select one option from other subject areas, such as African Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, and law.
Our optional course list offers in execss of 30 options and changes annually , some of our courses include:
-Political Theory and International Affairs
-Nations and Nationalism
-Global Crime and Insecurity
-East Asian International Relations
-Foreign Policy Analysis
-Cultures of Human Rights and Humanitarianism
-Africa and International Politics
Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh and internationally recognised.
International Student Requirements:
For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website.
Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.