Are you interested in politics, governments, corporations, and how organisations across the globe work together (or don’t!)? Are you considering studying International Relations at university, or how to become a postgraduate student, but want to get a better idea of what it’s really like, and what you can do to help yourself prepare?

Ed, currently in the second year of a postgraduate degree in IR (International Relations), is here to tell you a little bit more about how his course works, and offer some advice on the best ways to prepare yourself for university and postgraduate studies.

What is studying International Relations at Oxford really like?

Here’s a video from Ed about what a day in the life of an MPhil student at Oxford University is like:

How can I start studying International Relations?

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a politician, current affairs, and how big world issues are dealt with, or considering university study of politics, international relations, sociology, philosophy, or PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics), why not find out more with our 2-week International Relations Oxford Summer School.

Ed Howell is currently in the second year of his International Relations MPhil (Master of Philosophy).

Being half-Korean and having travelled there regularly, Ed’s research has particularly focused on the Korean peninsula, including the cultural differences and similarities which exist between North and South, as well as on North Korea’s nuclear program.

After completing his MPhil, Ed is planning to continue his research at Oxford and study for a PhD.