MSc International Relations Theory

The MSc International Relations Theory is a new programme designed for those students who wish to study International Relations from a theoretical perspective; material to be studied will include classical and modern realism and liberalism, the 'English School', constructivism, normative theory and gender and feminist writings. This programme is particularly suitable for those students intending to proceed to a research degree and an academic career, but will also be of interest to anyone who wishes to deepen their conceptual grasp of contemporary international relations.

Further information on the MSc IRT [PDF]

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Video about MSc International Relations Theory

In this short video MSc IRT Programme Director Dr George Lawson answers the following questions:

  • What is theory of international relations? 
  • How does the IRT programme differ from others in the department and the School? 
  • What specific subjects are covered in the core course and options? 
  • What kinds of backgrounds do students on the course have? 
  • What kind of jobs do they get?

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Further information for prospective applicants

Further information for offer holders: course structures and indicative reading

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