Online MA International Relations

Master the skills to effect world change

Explore unorthodox topics from terrorism and security to power and conflict. Interrogate international theories and practices through experiential learning techniques. By working with multicultural teaching staff and students, you’ll be challenged to see the world in new ways, helping you grasp the complexities of global governance and the tools to become an effective changemaker.

Key Facts:
Modality 100% online
Total tuition £9,500
Duration 2.5 Years
Start January, May, September


School of Social Sciences

Admissions requirements

To apply for this course, you will need:

  • Completed application
  • An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK honours degree (normally 2.2. or above)
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • CV
  • Language requirements (international students only)

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Tuition details

The estimated total cost of the course is £9,500. You can pay in full or in instalments of £720 per module (plus two payments of £430 for the dissertation).

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Uniquely contemporary curriculum

Covering contemporary topics such as terrorism, international security, power, conflict and justice, our Online MA International Relations breaks with tradition. With links to public, voluntary and private-sector organisations, the curriculum is grounded in real-world research and practices.

Through active participation with our global teaching teams and student community, you’ll learn the value of theoretical debating, and develop a deep understanding of the link between political economy and security, within the complex world of global politics. It’s this practical application of theory that will prepare you for a future in international relations, anywhere in the world.

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Online MA International Relations course outcomes:

  • apply theoretical frameworks, concepts, and methodologies of international relations
  • debate and communicate complex ideas
  • use specialist knowledge to implement international policy
  • employ qualitative and quantitative data and advanced research methods
  • interact and exchange ideas with professionals from diverse backgrounds
  • apply ethical insight in decision making and problem solving

Online MA International Relations career outlook

Collaborate with an international teaching team and a community of students from over 55 countries,1 exposing you to diverse ideas and thinking. This intercultural experience is essential to achieving your career potential in this field.

For for most recruiters, a postgraduate-level qualification is a prerequisite for entry into the sphere of International Relations.2 Our graduates have gone on to roles in the United Nations, local and national governments, charities, educational institutions, and NGOs. Others have careers in the private sector, such as think tanks and not-for-profit organisations, where there is an increasing demand for graduates who understand international policies and processes.3

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Connect with the content

Whether you’re based in the UK or on the other side of the world, working part-time or full-time, when you study online with us, we want you to feel connected.

That means providing you with access to the same gold-standard teaching staff, pioneering research, industry links, support services and active international student community as our campus-based courses. It also means using a combination of innovative techniques, from video lectures and real-life case studies to interactive assignments and digital resources. Because, when you’re fully connected and engaged with the content, you’re more motivated to achieve success, both in and out of your career.

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Expert teaching team

Our Online MA International Relations is delivered by the School of Social Sciences, which is renowned globally for its theoretical and applied research. The School is also home to the social and economic think tank Nottingham Civic Exchange, which was established to maximise the positive impact of research, policy and practices on local communities.

The course is led by Dr An Jacobs, an experienced senior lecturer and prolific researcher and writer in the field of international relations. Her specialisms include International Security, Security Studies, Peacebuilding, EU Foreign Policy, and International Relations in Theory and Practice. Before joining NTU, she was a senior lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst.

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For me, the lecturers are what makes this course a success. They each have a speciality region and a passion for their own focus.

Robyn Sewter (UK)
International Relations, MA (campus course)

Frequently asked questions

Need help? If you would like to know more about our Online MA International Relations, or wish to apply to study, please request information. We’ve included answers to some of the more commonly asked questions below. For more, please view our FAQ page.

If you have any further questions, contact the Admissions team on or call us 0800 032 1180 (UK) or +44 (0)115 941 8419 (international).


  1. UNKNOWN (2020) Nottingham Trent University, Online MA International Relations student data report [Accessed 15.10.2020]
  2. UNKNOWN (2021) QS Top Universities, How to Start a Career in International Relations (online) Available at: [Accessed 26.03.2021]
  3. UNKNOWN (2020) International Relations: The most important degree of 2021 [online] Available at: [Accessed 26.03.2021]

To find out more about NTU’s Online Masters in International Relations, complete our online form or call the admissions office on 0800 032 1180 (UK) or +44 (0) 115 9418419 (International).