Master of Social Sciences in
International Relations and Public Policy

The Master of Social Sciences in International Relations and Public Policy (MSSIRP) offers specialized training to postgraduate students who are pursuing a career in foreign policy or who wish to prepare themselves for advanced research in international relations. Through intensive reading assignments and small seminars, students are introduced to major debates in international relations theory as well as historical and current developments in world politics. Research and writing assignments train students in the core skills of rigorously analyzing complex social issues, engaging with diverse arguments, and communicating them clearly to audiences. The culmination of the degree is an original thesis on a topic of the student’s own choosing, researched and written under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Alumni of the MSSIRP program have gone on to successful careers both in China and abroad, including in the government sector, international organizations, non-profits, business, education, and research.

Course Plan

2018/2019 or before


2020/2021 or after  



Admission to the MSSIRP program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic records, work experiences, and a face-to-face interview. The following are minimum requirements for admission:

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English.

Program Mode



Students are required to attend at least 80% of total class hours. Students who do not meet this requirement will be given a failing grade in the course.


Each student is required to pass all compulsory courses and electives with an overall average of B- before being allowed to proceed to thesis research under the guidance of an assigned supervisor. Students may only submit and present theses with the approval of their supervisors. A panel of examiners will be appointed by the Academic Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences to examine each thesis and conduct an oral examination on the subject of that thesis.


Please visit the Graduate School website for information on graduate tuition.