MPhil degrees in International Relations

The MPhil is normally studied over two years full-time, although it is possible to take the degree over up to four years on a part-time basis.

The School offers two MPhil degree pathways, through direct entry or by transferring from one of our MLitt Programmes. Students commencing MLitt studies can discuss the possibility of transferring to an MPhil. This will be dependent upon achieving certain requirements relating to MLitt performance; transfer also requires support from the Adviser of Studies and permission from the Head of School. This discussion should take place after the results from Semester 1 are made available.

If interested in the direct entry option, please email irpg@st-andrews.ac.uk for further details.

The first nine months of study comprise the taught components of a MLitt degree. In addition, students take a research methods module which is intended to help them develop their research skills. Students transferring to an MPhil will take the compulsory IR5601 Research Methods in International Relations module in first semester of their second year. At the end of the second year, students will submit a thesis of not more than 40,000 words along with an oral examination (viva voce). The first year of study must be completed successfully to progress to second year.

The School currently offers the following MPhil options:

We also offer the taught two-year MPhil in Peacebuilding and Mediation. If you are interested in the MPhil in Peace-building and Mediation please apply or register your interest.

Details of MLitt programmes offered by the School can be found in the Postgraduate taught section.