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international relations degree requirements

Start Date
Autumn 2018/January 2019
1 Year Full-Time
2 Years Part-Time
Application Deadline
1 September 2018 (Autumn Start)
1 November 2018 (January Start)
Distance Learning

MA in International Relations: Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements are an honours degree at the 2:1 / upper second class level or higher or equivalent (e.g. B / 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree) in politics, international relations, war studies, economics, languages and linguistics, law or related social science subject.

If a student has a lower second-class undergraduate degree, they may still be eligible for admission to our master programmes if we are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence of an upper second-class quality in their work (judged by the range of marks, the mark awarded for their dissertation and/or the quality of their references).

Applications from graduates from other fields are also accepted, but the applicant should submit a statement indicating why they are interested in changing fields or the connection to their previous study.

Relevant work experience will also be taken into account.

In addition to these entry requirements, prospective students are asked to provide evidence of their language abilities. IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 85 (internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based), Cambridge Advanced Certificate, GCSE/IGCSE English grade C or above, or international equivalent.

These English language requirements are not necessary if for two of the last three years students have attended an institution where English is the language of instruction. In case language requirements are not met immediately (i.e. IELTS 6.0), NCIUL reserves the right to provide or request the student to participate to an intensive full time course before the beginning of the first term.

The Institution uses the ECTS system which recognises studies completed at European Universities. 1 ECTS equals to 2 credits.

The Institution accepts applications during the whole year for online students; for those who wish to attend lectures at London Campus, specific requirements will be arranged in order to facilitate students’ entry.

Transfers from other Master programmes is also accepted.

NCIUL will accept students that demonstrate clear academic propension and drive for professional development, in accordance with its policies and aims.