Politics and International Relations: University of Oxford

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Politics and International Relations: University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, Oxford, United Kingdom
International Relations
Course Language(s) 
1 year for MSc and 21 months for MPhil
App Deadline 
DPhil in International Relations, MPhil in International Relations: 23 January; All
Scholarship and Grants 


+44 (0)1865 278725

Research Programmes

  • DPhil in International Relations
  • DPhil in Politics

Students who wish to apply directly for a research degree will be expected to have a strong, detailed, and well-developed proposal for a thesis that can be supervised at Oxford.

Taught Programmes

Most graduate students in Politics and International Relations at Oxford begin their studies with the MPhil, which is a professional qualification in its own right but may also be regarded as preparation for the DPhil.

  • MPhil in International Relations

Entry to this MPhil degree programme is extremely competitive. It provides an intellectually rigorous training in the recent history of world politics, in the theoretical or conceptual study of International Relations, and in appropriate research methods.

  • MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government)

This degree is centred on the advanced study of comparative government and political institutions.

  • MPhil in Politics (European Politics and Society)

This degree is designed to promote social scientific research on Europe.

  • MPhil in Politics (Political Theory)

This degree prepares students to conduct high-level research in political theory, interpreted broadly to include political philosophy, ideologies and the history of political thought.

  • MSc in Political Theory Research

This degree offers specialist and general training in philosophy, analysis and methods as they relate to the discipline of political theory.

  • MSc in Politics Research

This degree offers specialist and general training in social scientific methods and techniques as they relate to the discipline of Politics.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have completed an undergraduate degree in Politics, International Relations or a related discipline with a first- or upper second-class honours or its international equivalent. A GPA of 3.7 or above would be expected from students who have studied at a university that uses the US grading system. Applicants who intend to apply for doctoral study should also have completed or be completing a relevant Master’s degree.

Contact for Enquiries

International Relations

  • Contact: Marga Lyall
  • Tel: +44 (0) 1865 278705
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  • Contact: Andrew Melling
  • Tel: +44 (0) 1865 278727
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General enquiries

  • Postal address:
          The Graduate Admissions Office
          PO Box 738
          University of Oxford
          Wellington Square
          Oxford, OX1 9FB
  • Tel: +44 (0)1865 270059
  • Fax: +44 (0)1865 270049
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