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International Politics (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

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 Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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