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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Master of Studies (MSt) in International Relations is a part-time course designed for students from, for example, industry, teaching, the civil service or the armed forces, but we also welcome recent graduates wishing to undertake postgraduate study. The MSt has been developed by the Department of Politics and International Studies in association with the Institute of Continuing Education and provides a two-year, part time route to a full Cambridge Master's degree.

MSt in IR introductory video - find out what our MSt students have to say about the course

International Relations at ICE - find out about studying International Relations at ICE

Applications for 2021-23 are now closed. The next course is due to run in 2023-25, with applications planned to open in autumn 2022.

Course delivery: We plan to deliver our postgraduate and MSt qualifications in-person in the academic year 2021-22. Please note that this will be reviewed in line with the latest public health guidance available at the time. If required, to ensure the health and safety of students, we may look to utilise alternative teaching formats and will contact students if we expect changes to the course delivery.


Fees and funding

The fees for 2021-23 will be £18,534 for home students and £32,604 for overseas/EU students, payable in instalments over the two academic years. The combined graduate fee includes college membership. Students on this course can apply to  Queens'RobinsonSelwyn, Sidney Sussex, and Wolfson colleges. 

Students will be expected to cover the application fee (£70 online) and any costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence during residential sessions in Cambridge. Accommodation is available in your college at their standard rates.

Sources of government funding and financial support - including Professional and Career Development Loans

For information on a loan from Student Finance England for course fees and a contribution towards living costs, please see

Course dates

20 Sep 2021 to 12 Jul 2023

Course duration

2 years. Taught in 6 separate residential blocks

Apply by

04 Mar 2021

Course fee

Home: £18,534
Overseas: £32,604


Department of Politics and International Studies
Alison Richards Building
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

Course code