Why this course?

The course provides you with a strong grounding in the analysis of international politics. There’s a focus on the role of major organisations in a global environment.

The programme trains you in different theoretical and methodological approaches from modern political science. You’ll evaluate their usefulness in explaining international political processes and organisational practices.

You’ll gain knowledge of global and regional problems including economic, security and environmental threats.

You’ll have the opportunity to do a research placement through the Erasmus programme - from Finland to Italy, and from Portugal to Slovakia.

You’ll study

The course consists of core and optional classes and a dissertation. The core classes provide an introduction to theories of international politics and to the actual workings of major world organisations, such as the EU.

Core classes

These classes are as follows:

  • International Institutions & Regimes
  • Contesting Global Governance
  • European Governance
  • Principles of Research Design
  • Optional classes

Choose from:

  • Quantitative Methods I
  • Quantitative Methods II
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Policy Analysis
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • European Political Economy
  • Facilities

Established in 2010, the School of Government & Public Policy integrates the Department of Government with three research centres:

  • European Policies Research Centre
  • Centre for the Study of Public Policy
  • Centre for Elections & Representation Studies

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science.

English language requirements

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Border Agency (please check most up-to-date list) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

For others, the School requires a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no individual component below 5.5) or TOEFL ib 92. Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA), please check English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • MSc full-time: £4,200
  • MSc part-time: £2,100
  • PgDip full-time: £4,000
  • PgDip part-time: £2,100

Rest of UK

  • MSc full-time: £4,200
  • MSc part-time: £2,100
  • PgDip full-time: £4,000
  • PgDip part-time: £2,100


  • MSc full-time: £11,000
  • MSc part-time: £5,500
  • PgDip full-time: £7,350
  • PgDip part-time: £3,675

How can I fund my course?

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Where are they now?

Examples of organisations our graduates work for:

  • Audit Scotland
  • Centre for African Family Studies
  • Centre for Scottish Public Policy
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport
  • German Red Cross
  • Hall Aitken Associates
  • Health and Social Care Alliance
  • HMRC
  • Invicta Public Affairs
  • Ministry of Finance Iceland
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Centre for Social Research
  • NHS
  • Ofgem
  • Santander Bank UK
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • Serco Group
  • The Improvement Service
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • West and Central Voluntary Network
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12 - 24 months
4,200 GBP
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