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

As one of our postgraduate students you will be studying in a dynamic and expanding research environment. Unlike many graduate programmes in London you will be taught personally by lecturers who have internationally recognised expertise in international relations, public policy, the politics of the developing world, economic globalisation, security studies, and critical theory. Our area expertise includes Europe, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia. You will learn as part of an internationally diverse community of students. 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

Keywords: Security studies, globalization, development, politics of developing world

Keywords:  Economic globalization, business practices, states and markets, global governance

Keywords: Policy making, implementation, evaluation, London, UK, Europe

Keywords: Policy making, implementation, evaluation, global governance

Keywords: European integration, politics and policy making in the EU, implementation and evaluation

Keywords: Power, process, public opinion and policy


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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