Department of International Relations

Postgraduate study

Join our enthusiastic community of faculty and students who challenge the boundaries of International Relations to make the world a better place.

Key facts

Masters courses

  • benefit from modules based on the latest research findings
  • develop career skills through our Research Methods and Professional Skills module, where you learn a range of research techniques and take part in practical workshops.
  • gain a global outlook through our faculty's regional expertise, which includes Europe, North America, the Middle East, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Africa.
  • stay up-to-date with the latest International Relations developments and hear from experts in the field in our regular lecture series and guest lectures.
  • see International Relations in action through taking part in our field trips to places such as Brussels and Geneva, giving you the chance to visit global institutions, meet policy makers and key experts and get policy perspectives on current issues.
  • support your study by using our specialist facilities including computing facilities with a full range of data-processing and communications software, and access to the British Library of Development Studies.


  • our interdisciplinary approach to research means you can focus your research on your areas of interest
  • see Search PhD research areas to browse titles of current and recently completed PhD projects
  • benefit from a variety of events to help you with funding and your future career. This includes workshops on publishing and grant application processes facing PhDs and early career researchers, international relations and researcher-led conferences and international academic networks.

"Studying International Relations at Sussex in a multinational environment is a unique and valuable experience. The life of a Sussex student is an enjoyable combination of academic, social, personal, and professional relationships, which are long-lasting and beneficial."

Migena Pengili