MA International Relations and Politics students in seminar
Mode of Study
Full-time block delivery, Part-time block delivery
1 year full-time block delivery, 2 years part-time block delivery
Start Date
September 2021, January 2022


If you're passionate about studying global conflict and co-operation at postgraduate level, but you can't commit to attending university every week, this MA International Relations and Politics offers a convenient way to study a Master's.

You'll fit each module into a week's focused study, with a few weeks' rest between. In your intensive study weeks, you'll explore the contours of contemporary insecurity, examine the key drivers of political and public policy decision making across the globe, and apply key analytical concepts to local and international political developments.

You'll challenge conventional explanations, develop your own arguments, and participate in key debates about international conflict, global politics and public policy. You'll develop advanced analytic skills and critical assessment abilities, and learn to write engaging reports, policy briefs and essays.

When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to generate creative solutions that benefit the global economy, international society and national level institutions. You'll be suited for roles in security, development, social policy, governance, advocacy and communications. Previous graduates from our International Relations and Politics courses have gone on to work in parliaments, political parties, third sector and civil society organisations.

This is a new course and we're currently finalising the detailed information for this page. You can still see entry requirements and apply. You can also see information about what modules you'll study and course costs.

Entry requirements​

MA International Relations and Politics Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​What you'll study

On this course, you'll study these modules:

  • Exploring International Relations (delivered on campus)
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations (delivered on campus)
  • Defence and Deterrence (delivered on campus)
  • Researching International Relations (studied online)
  • Comparative Public Policy and Administration (delivered on campus)
  • Dissertation (supervised online)

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


The Block Taught MA International Relations and Politics is taught differently from our standard campus based courses.

Rather than staying in Portsmouth and studying several modules simultaneously for months, you'll travel to the University for a single week to study a single module in an intensive study period. You'll then rest for a few weeks, before you return for the next one-week module.

This intensive form of study can often be easier to fit around your work and other life commitments. 

You'll have full access to online learning materials and readings, both in advance of the classes and afterwards giving you lots of time to prepare for the module and to work on your assignments.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (January 2022 start)

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £7,450
  • Part-time: £3,730

EU (including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £7,450
  • Part-time: £3,730

International students

  • Full-time:  £15,500
  • Part-time: £7,750

Fees subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.


Start your application by following the link below:

October 2021 start

January 2022 start

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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