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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


International Relations


International Relations examines the driving force behind international cooperation and conflict and explores security and prosperity in the international system. At the University of Edinburgh, we have expertise in several regional topics within world politics, such as US foreign policy, the Middle East and Africa.

Study with us and you'll gain an in-depth understanding of the changing nature of state power, the role of non-state actors, the spread of new norms and ideas and the driving forces behind international cooperation and conflict.

The MA International Relations offers comprehensive training for a career in the Civil Service, foreign affairs, political and parliamentary research. The degree also equips you with the skills required for employment in finance, the voluntary sector, journalism and teaching.

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