The MSc (International Relations) programme offers an integrative set of courses that aims to equip students with the ability to understand international relations and develop their own concepts to deal with volatile world situations.

The MSc IR programme is designed to help students better comprehend the ever-changing international scene. It aims to help students:

  • Develop analytical skills to understand a complex, interdependent world.
  • Recognize the significance of theory for practice, and practice in theory.
  • Appreciate the complex dynamics between state and non-state actors.
  • Encourage creative rethinking of policy analysis.
Programme Structure

The programme leading to the MSc (International Relations) comprises:

Coursework Track
1 Core + Min 5 / Max 6 Primary + Min 2 / Max 3 Electives

Dissertation Track
1 Core + Min 4 / Max 5 Primary + Min 1 / Max 2 Electives + Dissertation

Only students with a ‘A-‘ average TGPA (Term Grade Point Average) at the end of the first trimester (for full-time students) and ‘A-‘ average CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) at the end of second trimester (for part-time students) will be allowed to write a dissertation. Others will automatically be expected to take two extra courses.

Admission Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a Singapore university or overseas equivalent
  • Standardised Test Scores: test scores for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be submitted by all applicants except those with undergraduate degrees from universities where English was the medium of instruction. A TOEFL Test Score of minimum 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) or a IELTS score of minimum 7.0. are required. Test dates must be within two years or less from the date of your application.
  • A university letter stating that English was the medium of instruction must be provided by all candidates whose undergraduate degrees were taught entirely in English but in a non-English speaking country
  • A provisional degree certificate or a university letter stating the expected graduation date is required for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate studies. The original degree certificate must be provided for verification at the point of matriculation, otherwise candidates will not be admitted to the masters programme
  • A 2:1 UK degree (or overseas equivalent) in Political Science or a related subject for applicants to the NTU-Warwick Double Masters Programme

The Selection Committee will evaluate candidates’ past academic performance, TOEFL/IELTS scores, statement of purpose, essay on an issue of national/international importance, referee reports and work experience when making their decision.

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Ave
Block S4, Level B3
Singapore 639798

Tel: +65 6790 6982