Master of Science in International Relations

Why Pursue a Master of Science in International Relations?

The Institute of International Relations (IIR) at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, is a leading and progressive higher education Caribbean institution. We offer two Master of Science programmes: Global Studies and International Relations. Within each programme, you will have a unique opportunity to extend your knowledge and expertise on contemporary matters surrounding Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and beyond. Whether you have been thinking about recent global events like COVID-19 Pandemic and the War in Ukraine or policy solutions to environmental challenges and how those events impact SIDS, the IIR is the right place to begin your journey.

Beyond offering a diverse array of courses, you will be part of an active community of scholars, practitioners, and IIR alumni. It will be an opportunity for you to join local study visits to various national and regional organizations based in Trinidad and Tobago, like UN IOM, UNDP, and the Association of Caribbean States. We also envision international trips to other organizations and entities in Central America and the Caribbean regions. In addition, you will be able to join and listen to public debates and diplomatic meetings that focus on pressure matters at the international, regional, and national stages.

As a graduate of the IIR, you will join an impressive alumni base of over two thousand professionals. The career prospects and opportunities are vast and diverse, from international, regional, and national public to private entities as well as civil society organizations. This includes, but is not limited to, the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, the Association of Caribbean States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and many more. Today, the IIR remains the premier and only dedicated institution specializing in international relations and global studies training, research, and policy advice in the region. Whether you join us for three (full-time) or six semesters (part-time), our programmes will equip you to become a next-generation leader in solving national, regional, and global challenges.


Which careers can International Relations lead to?

The teaching and training in International Relations will equip students for employment in various fields, and a Masters of Science in International Relations  will open graduates to employment opportunities in the civil service or a career as an analyst or policy advisor for numerous organisations that require IR expertise. Graduates seeking jobs with NGOs and other entities will soon realize that the MSc in International Relations   will give them an advantage over the competition for highly sought out positions. MSc Graduates may also use their expertise to build a career in business, journalism, politics, or activism. In any profession, an employer will value an International Relations graduate's research and analytical skills. 

The Master in International Relations also qualifies its graduates for life in academia

Among other areas, our International Relations graduates can obtain positions as: 

  • Consulate Representative
  • Foreign Affairs Analyst
  • Humanitarian Relief Worker
  • International Lawyer
  • International Relations Officer
  • International Relations Professor
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Language Instructor
  • Trade Specialist 
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher


The course of study comprises of: 

  • Seven examinable courses, 
  • A research paper approved by the Institute’s Director and, 
  • An enabling course. 

The MSc in Global Studies programme is offered in a blended modality that consists of a combination of online courses (a course which has been intentionally designed so that all instruction takes place using technology and there are no requirements for face-to-face class meetings) and blended courses (a course which has been designed to intentionally replace some of the face teaching and learning which takes place in a physical space with teaching and learning in the online environment) as defined by Policy on Quality Assurance of Online and Blended Courses and Programmes at the UWI.1

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INRL 5002: International Law
INRL 6001: Advanced Theory of International Relations: Globalisation and Development
INRL 6004: International Trade, Development and Global Integration
INRL 6020: Research Methods: Applied Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for International Relations
INRL 6000: Specialised Seminar (year-long Research Paper – Practitioner Dimension will be the focus)



Three (3) electives 
  • 2 from this MSC Degree stream related IIR courses (see table below), and 
  • any other relevant postgraduate course, worth 4 credits from the IIR or another department of the UWI, following IIR approval. 
INRL 5001: International History and Politics
INRL 5004: International Relations of the Caribbean
INRL 5005: Political Economy of International Development and Organisations
INRL 5006: International Relations of Latin America 
INRL 5009: Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
INRL 6008: Contemporary International Diplomacy
INRL 6013: Emerging Powers in the Global Political Economy
INRL 6101: Strategic Studies: Theory and Practices
INRL 6103: Diplomacy and Strategy: War-gaming Simulation


Not for Credit Departmental Requirement (Zero Credit)
1. INRL 5010: Any foreign language offered by the Centre for Language Learning
2. Professional skills amounting to a total of 20 lecture contact hours:



  1. English Writing Workshop (6 hours)
  2. Library seminars on referencing (2 -3-hour seminars)
  3. A minimum of any 3 of the following: Diplomatic Dialogues, Public Lectures, Forums and other Seminars offered by the IIR (2 hours each).
  4. Professional Development Workshop

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the M.Sc. programme in International Relations an applicant must possess either:
A minimum of a Lower Second Class honours degree or GPA of 2.7 in International Relations or in a related discipline;
A minimum of a Lower Second Class honours degree or GPA of 2.7 in any discipline with a minor in International Relations (IR) with a grade B+ average or higher in the IR Courses;
A first degree in any discipline and the Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations with a grade B average or higher; or
Equivalent qualifications from approved professional bodies.

Applications for admission should be made online at to the School for Graduate Studies and Research at St. Augustine. Late applicants are asked to consult the UWI Graduate Admissions webpage for information. It should be noted that the possession of the aforementioned entry requirements does not automatically entitle candidates to admission. The Admissions Committee may request an interview with applicants. Please review the UWI School for Graduate Studies and Research Entry Requirements listed on the Postgraduate Admissions page of the UWI St. Augustine Campus for general entry requirements for study at this campus.


For further information on the programme, the courses, and more, interested persons are advised to consult the Regulations for the Masters in International Relations available here.



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