School of Politics and International Relations

Postgraduate Taught Courses

Postgraduate Taught Courses

Taught by many world-leading academic experts within their respective fields, our postgraduate taught programmes attract a large and active graduate community from all corners of the globe.

We were rated in the UK top 15 for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with excellence and achievement in research and teaching remaining our priority. Our chief research strengths lie in security, social and global justice, contemporary political theory, international history, comparative politics, and British politics.

Our world-leading research underpins our curriculum, so you can be sure that you will graduate with a masters degree that is relevant to contemporary issues and aligns with the needs of employers around the world.

Postgraduate taught courses

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* The MA Asian and International Studies is a tri-campus programme. Students study on the UK campus for the first semester and move to either our China or Malaysia campus for their second semester. It is a genuinely distinctive programme allowing students to study the countries of Asia, and the relations between them and between the rest of the world.

Double degree programme

The school also contributes to a double degree programme, between the University of Nottingham and the University of Konstanz, Germany. This is an international two-year programme. Students who successfully complete the programme receive an MA degree in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz and an MA in one of the University of Nottingham's politics' fields of specialisation. For more information please contact or

The Graduate School

The Graduate School supports postgraduates by facilitating best practice and offering a comprehensive programme of services including training and development opportunities, events, small-scale research funding, and dedicated social and study spaces.

Visit the postgraduate prospectus to apply

Postgraduate brochure

Download the politics and international relations postgraduate study brochure


We recognise that graduates often need more than just a great degree to stand out from the crowd. Our placements and employability programme helps provide valuable work experience and internship opportunities for our students.

Part-time study

All our postgraduate courses are offered on a part-time basis (with the exception of MA Asian and International Studies). We do recognise the need that some part-time students fit their studies around their hours of work, and the modular courses offered by the school allow some flexibility in the hours of attendance. Teaching and supervision are only offered during the normal working hours of the academic year.


Postgraduate students can take advantage of our accommodation guarantee which guarantees you a room in self-catered University-arranged accommodation for your first year, providing you meet our criteria.

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