School of Politics and International Relations

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.

*** NOTICE - 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 four compulsory taught modules and a 12,000-word dissertation module.

Full-time study will be organised as follows:

Entry requirements

Upper-second class honours or equivalent in a related degree. IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in the writing component) 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

As a student at QMUL, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. 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. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at QMUL. 


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


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £12,200
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £12,200
Part-time study is not available for this course


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

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

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717