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International Relations (Paris)

MA ( 1 year Full-time )


Explore International Relations from Paris and obtain a postgraduate degree from one of the UK’s top universities.

The MA in International Relations is concerned with analysing the key issues and concepts in world politics. The programme will provide you with a sophisticated theoretical and applied understanding of international relations including areas of expertise such as war and security, globalisation and development, and US foreign policy. The programme enables you to develop a set of analytical skills and knowledge that will allow you to think, talk and write critically about contemporary international issues, as well as building a firm foundation for further study.

Students on this programme benefit from an integrated and flexible approach when it comes to teaching. The programme will be delivered through a combination of workshops, guest lectures and seminars throughout the year at the University of London’s Paris Campus.

The programme is taught by experienced Queen Mary academics who are leaders in their field. These intensive sessions will give you the opportunity to network with your peers and academics  and experience life on campus at the University of London Institute in Paris. You will also benefit from a dedicated tutor who will guide you through the topics and assignments of each module..

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities in the UK. QMUL is rated amongst the top 20 in the UK for its research in Politics and International Relations. University of London Institute in Paris, is an integral part of the University of London and is the UK’s leading University in France. Queen Mary University of London has a long standing academic partnership with ULIP and this collaboration brings the expertise of QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations to the heart of Paris.

Why study International Relations with Queen Mary University of London?

The school has particular strengths in international security, conflict and war, the political economy of North-South relations, international political theory, as well as area expertise in the Middle East, Americas, South East Asia and Africa. This programme is led by research active staff, who are responding to the very latest global events, so the content of your learning is always very timely.

The School of Politics and International Relations is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellent and innovative teaching and research amongst its faculty, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking among our students.

We are placed 14th in the country for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs (the best published research), meaning that you will be personally taught by academics who are leaders in their field.

About the University of London in Paris Institute, and Paris

University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) is an institute of the University of London based in the heart of Paris.  Established in the 19th century it became a full part of the University of London in 1970.  The Institute offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies with a focus on French Studies, Law and International Relations. Its research priorities include French and European history, post-colonial studies and urbanism. Studying at ULIP offers you access to France and the Francophone world, and more importantly provides a gateway to Europe.

As one of the most exciting and stimulating cities in the world, Paris is an ideal place to immerse yourself in French culture and gain insight into diverse communities. Paris not only houses numerous museums and landmarks, it also houses international organisations such as UNESCO, OECD and the EU Institute of Security Studies (EUISS), and plays a central role in international politics and economics. Studying in a different country will allow you to gain valuable international experience.

*** Please be aware students on the MA International Relations in Paris are not eligible for the  Postgraduate Loan offered by the UK government***


Students must undertake two compulsory modules: Contemporary World Politics: Theories, Concepts, Themes, and Themes and Cases in US Foreign Relations; and a choice of two out of the following three electives: Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development, International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context, and Vocational Placement. Students must also take the core 12,000-word Dissertation module.

Full-time study will be organised as follows:

*The School of Politics and International Relations does not organise student placements for this programme. The placement module is intended for students who are currently working in a recognised organisation or can arrange a placement themselves.

Entry requirements

Upper-second class honours or equivalent in a related degree. Appropriate professional experience in a cognate field could substitute for degree requirement. IELTS 7.0 for students requiring language qualification.

International applicants

For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here:

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

The programme is delivered via an arrangement of workshops, guest lectures and Masterclasses (3 in total, for the dates will be confirmed in due course) all of which centre on specific themes of the programme as well as providing a basic overview of the modules. These will take place University of London Institute at Paris. All sessions are led by a faculty member of the School of Politics and International Relations.

Along with the campus based aspects of the programme, some modules will be taught through an online environment by a dedicated tutor. The tutor will facilitate and encourage discussion via online forums, and will be available for Skype or email discussion with students during "drop in" hours (usually two sessions weekly).

All campus based teaching takes place at the University of London Institute in Paris. Travel and accommodation are not included in the cost of the tuition fees. 


Assessments will be primarily in the form of research essays, although some modules might include report writing.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £11,650

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £11,650


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Please note: If you are studying over 50% of your UK Masters outside of the UK, i.e. Paris or Piraeus, then you will not be eligible for a loan from the Student Loan Company.



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