Published: 17 May 2023

Top jobs with an international relations or public affairs masters degree

Find out what you could do with a masters degree in international relations or public affairs and discover some of the jobs our graduates have secured.

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Ninety-five per cent of our postgraduate students are in employment or further study after they graduate from the University of Surrey.

Some of our International Relations and Public Affairs masters' postgraduates have gone on to launch their careers in the following roles:

  • Account manager
  • Client business analyst
  • Grants management and communication officer
  • Lead editor
  • Media and communications officer
  • Operations manager
  • Parliamentary and public affairs officer
  • Parliamentary researcher
  • Policy adviser
  • Policy and advocacy officer
  • Political analyst
  • Protection delegate
  • Public affairs and external insight advisor
  • Researcher
  • Senior legal affairs executive
  • Senior manager in intellectual property department
  • Senior policy analyst
  • Solutions architect
  • Strategic advisor
  • Tax revenue officer.
I appreciate how my course offers different pathways for students wishing to opt out of doing a regular dissertation in favour of an intensive work placement. Maresa Strano, MSc International Relations


Graduates from our masters work for the following employers:

  • Alzheimer's Society
  • AMAFHH Investments
  • Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Cratus (public relations)
  • Croydon Council
  • Dell Technologies
  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
  • FE fundinfo
  • George Washington University
  • Gryphon Finance LGI Sustainable Innovation in Paris
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Iraq Embassy
  • King’s College, London
  • Médecins du monde/Doctors of the World
  • Medical Schools Council
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • New America Foundation
  • NHS Digital
  • Office of Minister of Armed Forces
  • Procter and Gamble
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Youth Empowerment.

Related professions

The skills you gain are also highly relevant in other fields, including:

  • Armed forces
  • Investment banking
  • Journalism.

Many of our graduates go on to complete a PhD, investigating an area of personal interest.

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