Explore global issues in relation to the world of politics and international law, in times of peace and conflict.
At St Andrews, students draw on areas from diplomatic history and international law as well as political theory, economy and science to explain conflict and cooperation. Gain insight into theoretical perspectives from areas including:
- foreign policy
- international organisations and regimes
- peace and conflict studies
- political theory
- terrorism and political violence.
The School of International Research at St Andrews offers PhD and MPhil programmes. Research in international relations typically falls into one of three main themes:
- conflict, peace and security
- the evolving character of global and supra-national institutions
- interpenetration of civil societies and international relations.
The innovative two-year Peacebuilding and Mediation (MPhil) degree offers students the opportunity to combine taught and research-based elements in one programme.
Applicants for research degrees in the School of International Relations are not required to determine a potential supervisor before applying. Applicants are encouraged to express a supervisor preference in their application; however, the allocation of applicants to supervisors is undertaken by the School's postgraduate committee. Find out about how to apply for a research degree in International Relations.
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School of International Relations
The School of International Relations is highly recognised for the quality of research and teaching in areas ranging from foreign policy to terrorism and political violence. Courses are designed to ensure students are up to date with current developments in global issues.
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