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Candidates should have an undergraduate degree from an established college or university.

A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applicants are expected from candidates with a single or joint honours degree in Political Science, Economics, European Studies, History, Sociology, Business and Law. Other subject areas will also be considered.

The course is of twelve-months duration, on a full-time basis. Teaching starts in the autumn and the M.Sc. concludes with the submission of a dissertation the following September.

Applicants must, in addition to the College requirement to provide academic transcripts and two letters of recommendation, provide a motivation letter and one piece of written work (for example an undergraduate dissertation or essay).

Students must also fulfill the College entry requirements and international students must also fulfil the international student entry requirements.

Regarding English language requirements, if the applicant has not been educated through the medium of English, the applicant will need a minimum of the listed score on one of the following exams:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: 88 - iBT, 230 - Computer based, 570 - paper based
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis during the admissions process, each November to June, until the course is full. You are encouraged to apply early as competition for places is intense.


Enquiries may be directed to the Director of the M.Sc. in International Politics, Dr. Peter Stone. We strongly advise that you read the page on frequently asked questions before contacting the course director.

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