Postgraduate taught 

International Relations MRes

Background and aims

Background and aims

The MRes in International Relations provides a pathway to ESRC sponsored postgraduate fellowships, including the 1+3 scheme. Based in politics within the School of Social and Political Sciences, students benefit from direct access to actively researching scholars in international relations and political science, while having the opportunity to come at international relations from a variety of disciplinary approaches through courses all across the School. The programme provides students with key knowledge and analytical tools relevant to a career in a variety of settings related to international relations, such as international and domestic non-governmental organisations, international organisations such as the United Nations or the European Union, government agencies, media, think tanks, or for further academic training and research in a PhD programme.

Students can also get involved with a number of research and teaching initiatives at the University of Glasgow to experience international relations first hand, including:

We actively promote student-centred teaching and guarantee individual dissertation supervision. Our students benefit from intensive teaching by political scientists with strong publishing profiles and international reputations in their areas of expertise. The School of Law has a number of staff interested in international law including international and European human rights law, refugee law, and international humanitarian law among other topics, which may be of interest to students working at the intersection of international relation and international law or international organisations

Students on the programme come from diverse backgrounds, and we are proud to attract highly talented students from around the world. Over the last couple of years, the programme has welcome students from many different countries, including Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States, making it a truly international study programme Students on the programme also share classes with students on other programmes within politics and the school, which contributes to a lively, interdisciplinary, and cosmopolitan learning environment.