MSci International Relations and Global Issues

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MSci International Relations and Global Issues

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Helping you develop a broad understanding of the subject, this course includes a year abroad at one of our partner institutions overseas in locations such as Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.

It leads to a masters-level qualification, with three years spent at Nottingham and either your second or third year at one of our international partner institutions.

Years one and three follow the programme outlined in BA Politics and International Relations, with year four allowing you to take modules from the school's portfolio of masters programmes, and to research and write a dissertation.

Year one

Your first year will provide you with a broad knowledge across the discipline, focusing on the areas of international relations, comparative politics, British political history, and political theory.

You will take some optional modules from other schools within the University and, while many students opt to study a language module and continue this throughout their time at Nottingham, you can choose any subject you wish.

Year two and three

You will spend your second or third year focusing on global issues at one of our partner institutions around the world, including the University's campuses in China or Malaysia. Study abroad locations are dependent upon satisfactory performance and subject to availability.

Whichever year you choose, you will fill the other year with a variety of modules on international relations and global issues. You will need to choose at least three modules from the international relations stream and can specialise further by adding more of the same or broaden your knowledge base by taking modules from comparative politics and political theory. Once again you are permitted to take optional modules during this year.

Year four

During your fourth year, you can choose from a selection of masters-level modules offered by the school, which cover a number of themes and issues and all deal critically with current world events.

You will be able to deepen your knowledge of the subjects which interest you the most and the dissertation element will allow you to strengthen your research and analytical skills as well as thoroughly explore a question you find intriguing. Additionally, if you have started a language earlier in your studies you will be able to continue with this.

Key facts

  • One of 18 institutions in the UK to have been selected to participate in the Q-Step programme, committed to developing students' quantitative expertise
  • Our work placements and employability programme provides valuable work experience, self-confidence and a practical application of your studies
  • Academic experts who are regularly quoted in the media including The Independent, The LA Times and Le Monde
  • Top 100 worldwide for politics and international relations according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Year abroad

On this course, you will spend either your second or third year studying abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA. Study abroad locations are dependent upon satisfactory performance and subject to availability.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

"I learnt so much in my year away at Monash University in Australia and really matured as an individual. It offered me a life experience I don't feel I could have gained had I studied my whole degree at Nottingham. I would encourage anybody with the opportunity to go on exchange to take advantage of it!"

Benjamin Beck, MSci International Relations and Global Issues


At Nottingham, you will acquire a strong academic foundation and a range of excellent transferable skills, such as the ability to study independently and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. You will leave us with specialist knowledge of international issues and political systems that will enhance your global career prospects.

Our graduates develop careers across the private, public and charitable sectors. Private sector destinations include print and television journalism, broadcasting, television and film production, advertising, marketing and personnel as well as the commercial and financial sectors. Some go into party politics as parliamentary assistants, councillors in local government and even MPs; others work for the civil service and in research and data analysis.

Third-sector careers include working for non-governmental organisations, charities and development agencies. Some graduates opt for further study or take vocational qualifications in postgraduate law or teaching.

We recognise that graduates often need more than just a great degree to stand out from the crowd. As such, we help provide valuable placement and internship opportunities for politics and international relations students. We currently have over 25 placement partners providing 100+ placements a year, including internship opportunities in Westminster and even overseas.

Employability and average starting salary

93.6% of undergraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,000 with the highest being £75,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. For the last three years, Nottingham has been one of the two most targeted universities in the country by employers.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2019
4 years
Full time
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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