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International Politics (Research) (MSc)

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

About this course

Develop expertise in global relations and social science research methods on this International Politics (Research) MSc. This UK course is similar to our International Politics MSc, but allows you to specialise in research. It’s also accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). If you’re funded by the ESRC and successfully complete the course, you might be eligible for a further 3 years’ funding for PhD research. 

On this master’s degree at the University of Southampton, you’ll gain in-depth understanding of the effects of globalisation. 

You’ll learn about the main issues and events in global politics, and examine the different  methods used in the study of issues such as: 

  • global governance 
  • human rights 
  • migration 
  • the shift in power from ‘west’ to ‘east’ 
  • public administration 
  • relationships between rich and poor nations 

As well as boosting your knowledge of international and global politics, you’ll develop advanced skills in a range of research methods. You’ll learn how to: 

  • collect and analyse data 
  • apply qualitative and quantitative research methods 
  • design and complete a research project 
  • think critically 

You’ll be able to apply these techniques to your own piece of in-depth research on a specific issue in international politics. 

With this degree you’ll be in an ideal position to move into a career in national or international politics, especially in roles that need strong independent research skills. It’s also a great choice if you want to continue your research at PhD level.

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.

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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.

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