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International Politics (Research) (MSc)

University of Southampton

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Develop expertise in global relations and social science research methods on this International Politics (Research) MSc. This UK course is similar to our International Politics MSc, but allows you to specialise in research. It’s also accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). If you’re funded by the ESRC and successfully complete the course, you might be eligible for a further 3 years’ funding for PhD research.

On this master’s degree at the University of Southampton, you’ll gain in-depth understanding of the effects of globalisation.

You’ll learn about the main issues and events in global politics, and examine the different methods used in the study of issues such as:

  • global governance
  • human rights
  • migration
  • the shift in power from ‘west’ to ‘east’
  • public administration
  • relationships between rich and poor nations

As well as boosting your knowledge of international and global politics, you’ll develop advanced skills in a range of research methods. You’ll learn how to:

  • collect and analyse data
  • apply qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • design and complete a research project
  • think critically

You’ll be able to apply these techniques to your own piece of in-depth research on a specific issue in international politics.

With this degree you’ll be in an ideal position to move into a career in national or international politics, especially in roles that need strong independent research skills. It’s also a great choice if you want to continue your research at PhD level.


This degree will put you in a great position to work for a national or international political organisation, especially in roles that require independent research skills.

You’ll be qualified for jobs such as:

  • political consultant
  • MP’s researcher
  • public affairs consultant
  • global affairs journalist
  • international security specialist

You’ll also be in an excellent position to continue your studies at PhD level. If you're a successful ESRC-funded student, you’ll be eligible for a further 3 years’ funding for PhD research.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    28th out of 85 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    136 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%



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