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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Become an expert in international relations and the challenges of globalisation on this MSc in international politics. You'll cover a range of topics on this UK course, including the analysis of global politics, governance and social change. Prepare for a career in politics, advocacy or the civil service, or pursue your research passions to PhD level.

On this master’s degree at the University of Southampton you’ll gain specialist understanding of current global and international politics.

You’ll learn how developments in this area have major consequences for how states:

  • interact with each other
  • maintain security
  • avoid conflict
  • deal with issues such as migration and the emergence of new global powers

You’ll also gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the main approaches to the study of international politics
  • the issues and events that challenge contemporary understanding of international political change
  • philosophical and methodological debates in the study of this subject

Through your dissertation you’ll learn research skills such searching and referencing sources, and managing complex information. These and other key skills, like critical thinking and independent study, will be crucial to your future career.


With this degree you’ll be qualified to pursue a career with political organisations, think tanks, advocacy groups or the civil service. The transferable skills you’ll learn will make you desirable to many different employers.

Our graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • politics
  • banking
  • media
  • local authority
  • publishing
  • teaching

You’ll also be in an ideal position to continue your researches at PhD level.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(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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