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International Politics (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Become an expert in international relations and the challenges of globalisation on this MSc in international politics. You'll cover a range of topics on this UK course, including the analysis of global politics, governance and social change. Prepare for a career in politics, advocacy or the civil service, or pursue your research passions to PhD level.

On this master’s degree at the University of Southampton you’ll gain specialist understanding of current global and international politics. 

You’ll learn how developments in this area have major consequences for how states: 

  • interact with each other 
  • maintain security  
  • avoid conflict 
  • deal with issues such as migration and the emergence of new global powers 

You’ll also gain knowledge and understanding of: 

  • the main approaches to the study of international politics 
  • the issues and events that challenge contemporary understanding of international political change 
  • philosophical and methodological debates in the study of this subject 

Through your dissertation you’ll learn research skills such  searching and referencing sources, and managing complex information. These and other key skills, like critical thinking and independent study, will be crucial to your future career.



Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Kamil Zwolski, associate professor in international politics. His current research and education activities revolve around the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Chair award, which he received in 2019. Read Dr Zwolski’s staff profile to find out more.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

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