School of Politics and International Relations

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Greetings from the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, a Russell Group institution. The School is based in the Mile End campus, a spacious environment situated just a short tube ride from the centre of London.

Why study with us?

We are one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. QMUL is a member of the Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.   

We are a campus-based university in the heart of London. The School of Politics and International Relations is based in the Mile End campus, a spacious and safe environment situated just a short tube ride from the centre of London. Queen Mary is the only higher education institution to enjoy a proper campus environment in the heart of London.

We offer an internationally diverse and supportive university experience. QMUL was recently ranked as the world’s 25th “most international” university for students.  Perhaps the majority of our graduate students will have undertaken their previous studies outside of the UK. For this reason we have built into our masters programmes workshops and modules that will help international students to develop key transferable skills especially with regards to researching and writing. 

 We are “plugged in” to the practitioner networks of the capital city.  Our research centres enjoy close links with practitioners and policy makers. Studying with us you will have the benefit of attending special seminars and events that bring the policy making world into direct contact with the academic world.

 You will benefit from being directly taught by a supportive faculty. Unlike many graduate programmes in London you will be taught personally by lecturers who have internationally recognised expertise in your area of study. A recent global survey  ranked QMUL in the UK top ten for staff to student ratio.

 We are internationally recognised researchers who provide a unique focus on politics – local and global.  We teach and research international relations from an exciting perspective: alongside traditional areas such as “American Power”, we also focus on the politics of the Global South, especially in terms of the interface between development and security. We explore public policy through a number of different scales – the local, the European, and the Global. And when it comes to British politics we combine the best of academic rigour with the exciting world of practitioners some of whom might teach you directly.   

 As one of our postgraduate students you will be studying in a dynamic and expanding research environment. And we shall support your academic development through a set of workshops on key skills such as research essay and dissertation writing. Situated in London, you will also have the benefit of attending special seminars and events that bring the policy making world into direct contact with the academic world. I warmly invite you to apply to our Masters or Research programmes and I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Robbie Shilliam, Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

Taught programmes


Our Masters programmes are a very suitable qualification for any career in which research skills are required, or for anyone wishing to undertake further research as a gateway to an academic career. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to positions of responsibility in government, NGOs, international organisations and the not-for profit sector.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Amnesty International, The BBC, Bloomberg, The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The UK Border Agency, Children Across Borders, CNN, The Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK, The Refugee Council, The Swiss Federal Office for Migration, The Thailand Embassy in the UK, UNESCO, UNO, The University of Westminster and Yahoo!

Click here to read our alumni profiles

How to apply

You can apply online using the Queen Mary's online application system, full guidance notes are provided.  If you require a paper-based application, please contact the Admissions Office who will send the form to you, please specify which programme you are applying for.

Please refer to the Queen Mary website for information about admissions, accommodation, entry requirements, English language requirements (see Arts General) and fees.

When applying it is essential you provide two recent academic references that comment on your suitability for the programme applied for, and degree transcript(s), which should list your marks for each module you have taken.

International students should check the the suitability of their qualifications at the country specific information available on the Queen Mary website or contact the International Office.

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