International Relations (Distance Learning)
University of Portsmouth
Key Course Facts
Almost all aspects of life – economic, social, cultural and political – are influenced by players beyond the borders of national states.
If you want the skills to understand this dynamic international order and you're interested in the relations between countries, this MA International Relations Master's degree course gives you the platform to address some of the most contentious subjects in international affairs.
You'll study key topics across the spectrum of international relations and examine theories and historical inquiry. This will equip you with the tools to challenge conventional explanations and develop arguments of your own. You'll develop advanced analytic skills and critical assessment abilities, and learn to write engaging reports, policy briefs and essays.
When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to generate creative solutions that benefit the global economy and international society.
You'll be suited for roles in security, development, social policy, governance, advocacy and communications. Previous graduates have gone on to work in parliaments, political parties, third sector and civil society organisations.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
Study pressing topics, such as: why war and conflict are a permanent feature of global affairs; why powerful states interfere with weak or fragile countries; the role of the United Nations, World Trade Organisation and EU in promoting cooperation; and whether global civil society and the third sector can promote security, development and rights
Complete an independent research project in a subject relevant to your future career
Get to study with members of CEISR (Centre for European and International Studies Research), the UK's largest centre for European Studies
Develop expertise in issues relating to Europe – ideal if you want to pursue a career in European institutions or with political lobbyists and think tanks
Be taught by internationally recognised experts, including members of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe
Develop transferable skills in qualitative and quantitative research, critical reading, communication, and executing major projects
Have the opportunity to undertake a supervised work-based project if you work in a relevant field or do an internship during the course
Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
You can study the course full-time or part-time, either on campus or through distance learning.
Careers and opportunities
With a rounded skill set, and knowledge of international issues, you'll be an informed global citizen, with a sense of responsibility and commitment to ethical practice and issues of global social justice.
What can I do with a Master's degree in international relations?
This MA International Relations Master's degree will put you in a strong position to pursue job roles in areas and organisations such as:
national, European and international state institutions
security and risk analysis
foreign affairs analysis
political communication and journalism
You could also continue your studies in postgraduate research, leading to a qualification such as a PhD.
You can get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding a role and for 5 years after you you leave the University.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
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Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study International Relations (Distance Learning), MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
A good honours degree in a Social Science, Humanities or related subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of University of Portsmouth in top UK and global rankings.
About University of Portsmouth
The University of Portsmouth is located on the United Kingdom’s only island city, Portsmouth. This public university, which was previously known as Portsmouth Polytechnic, forms part of the University Alliance, an organisation whose aim is to promote growth and innovation in the UK by putting an emphasis on links with business and industry.
Student composition of University of Portsmouth