Nottingham Trent University's Online MA in International Relations gives distance-learning students a flexible way to delve into this exciting field. This comprehensive online course is designed to help you understand the complexities of international arenas, with opportunities to explore contemporary issues such as international security and terrorism.

Thanks to an emphasis on the value of theory-in-practice, NTU's Online MA in International Relations helps you get to grips with theoretical debates, ideas around global governance and the link between political economy and international security. This diverse experience of current theories and policies will prepare you for a number of different careers in organisations such as:

  • relevant government departments
  • international aid
  • development agencies.

With teaching and research expertise from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Europe, you will be exposed to insights from every corner of the globe, helping you to further your experience and career potential.

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The reputation of both NTU and the course led me to choose to study with them online.

Our Online MA in International Relations will help you to:

  • examine the significance of international relations and evaluate its theoretical frameworks, concepts and methodologies
  • critique key debates and communicate complex ideas
  • demonstrate specialist knowledge of international policy
  • evaluate qualitative and quantitative data and master advanced research methods
  • demonstrate ethical insight into decision-making and problem-solving.


2.5 years


£9,500 or installments of £720 per module plus two payments of £430 for the dissertation

Start dates:

January, May, August

Requirements include:

  • a minimum 2.2 degree
  • international students only: IELTS or TOEFL

Nottingham Trent University was recently named Modern University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Making you world-ready

To help you leverage the theories covered in the course, we offer participation in our active international research community, with options to attend engaging seminars and conferences. We also prepare your debating, analytic and team-working skills through regular workshops, simulations and online debate forums. Through practical experience, this course gives you the intellectual tools and an instinctual understanding of international relations to ensure you can apply your knowledge anywhere in the world.

Why study an MA in International Relations at NTU?

You will benefit from:

  • the practical implementation of theoretical approaches
  • a focus on global governance and contemporary issues
  • teaching and research expertise from around the world
  • the course's practical relevance to a variety of private and public sector roles.

Our dedication to delivering first-class, professional, research-led postgraduate courses is why students from around the world choose to study with us.

With courses and research informed by public, private and voluntary organisations, we can help you to further your career, research the subject you're passionate about and become a specialist in your field.