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University of York

York , England ,United Kingdom

MA International Relations

 The refugee crisis, epidemics like Ebola and Zika, terrorism, international conflict, and nuclear tensions are just some of the issues that highlight how the complexity of international politics affects the lives of billions. 

This course will enable you to understand contemporary international events, their causes and repercussions in great depth, through theoretical debates – and how those debates resonate in distinct issue areas and contexts.

This course will give you a firm grounding in the fundamental principles of International Relations. You'll learn to analyze and address specific global questions and you'll engage with the latest research via debate and discussion.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Careers and skills

Our students go on to careers in international organizations, the media, law, civil service, politics, journalism, and business.

This MA course is an excellent pathway to careers in a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and for further academic study in international relations and political science.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates work for leading universities and as policy advisers in various countries around the world. Popular employers also include:

  • Local councils
  • Civil Service / Home Office/ House of Commons
  • UN
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • NHS
  • Professional services / Accountancy firms - notably PwC, EY, KPMG
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Oxfam
  • Barclays
  • IBM
  • Development charities including the International Committee of the Red Cross.

PSW Opportunity

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Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate degree

2:1 or equivalent. We are willing to consider applicants with lower qualifications, particularly if you have high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. Additional information may be requested.


For a postgraduate taught course such as a Masters, you would normally need a Bachelors's degree from a recognized institution.

Typically you would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honors degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honors degrees. Actual requirements will vary by course.

  • A score of 60 percent is considered comparable to a UK 2:1

We take into account universities who mark more rigorously, the eg University of Delhi, where we usually accept 55 percent or higher.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 18240 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: 20 GBP