Social Sciences: Politics & International Relations

Taught degrees

The University of Southampton has been accredited by the ESRC as a Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). This accreditation is for five years from October 2011. Southampton is one of only 21 Social Science DTCs in England, Scotland and Wales. These are the only institutions which will receive ESRC funding for postgraduate research.

We offer a range of postgraduate taught programmes across politics and international relations. The taught part of all our programmes combine core and optional modules, combining empirical and theoretical material, and ranging in coverage from intensive studies of individual states to broad introductions to issues such as globalisation, political economy, democracy, governance, citizenship and beyond. All of our programmes also involve rigorous research training, which delivers key skills that are useful to those going onto further research as well as to those seeking professional careers outside academia. For most programmes, a diploma may be awarded on successful completion of the taught elements, whereas an MSc will be awarded on the successful completion of a dissertation.

Masters degrees

Each of the degrees can be studied either full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years).

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A well-established division

The Division was founded in October 1963, although politics had been taught in Southampton as part of a general social science degree since 1945.

A well-established division