Master in International Relations

The Master in International Relations (MIR) is designed to be a truly transformative program, which provides students the education, training, and first-hand experience necessary for successful international careers.

Our Program

The MIR curriculum both encompasses and transcends traditional distinctions between the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Students will take courses from selected professors with wide-ranging experience in academia, policy research, non-profit management, and private enterprise. Additionally students will participate in international projects that require the cooperation of both public and private actors, and which involve non-governmental and civil society organizations as crucial partners. The MIR provides students a strong academic and business foundation, complemented with on the ground field research, in European Union processes and governance, while offering substantive training in regional dynamics ranging from Latin America, to the Middle East, to contemporary China.

Quick Facts

Format: Full time

Language: English

Intake: October

Duration: 10 months

Location: Madrid with a fieldwork visit to Brussels

Degree obtained: Master in International Relations from IE School of International Relations

     MIR Dual Degrees: Combine International Relations with Business and Management

Program Overview

Pre-courses Offerings & Language Lessons

During this optional pre-course period students will have the option of arriving to Madrid early and taking Spanish language courses as well as additional finance and quantitative methods courses that aim to work as a stepping stone should students feel that they require a refresher in those areas.

• Spanish language sessions

• Introduction to Finance

• Quantitative Methods

Core knowledge and competencies

In this first period, students will gain core skills and competencies which they will then apply and hone throughout the entirety of the program. This includes a foundation in classical international relations paradigms, micro and macro economics, quantitative analysis, comparative politics, and international politicial economy.

• Comparative Politics

• History of International Relations

• International Political Economy

• Micro and Macro Economics

• Quantitative Methods

• Theories of International Relations

• A Primer on International Law

• International Finance & Monetary Theory

Area Studies and Topics in International Relations

In addition to acquiring the necessary skill set for international success, it is essential that students learn where and in what field they aim to target their professional energies. For those with a global vocation, this involves identifying the geographic area which is best suited to their professional and personal goals. As a result, in the second MIR semester we offer a series of courses designed to provide students foundational knowledge in politics, economics, and society of the world´s most important geographic centers, along with an introduction to crucial fields of work in global politics.

• Comparative Development of Africa

• Economic Development Theory

• Politics, Society and International Relations of China

• Conflict Resolution and Mediation Practices

• The European Union

• International Organizations

Fieldwork Visit to Brussels

In between the second and third periods, MIR students take a sponsored fieldwork visit to Brussels where they visit and learn from regional and global players such as the European Union and NATO, as well as private sector and non-profit parties. This one week trip is included in the program tuition.

Leadership, Strategy, & Finance

Regardless of the field or industry, a strong foundation and understanding in finance, management, and strategy is indispensible. Indeed, one aspect of the MIR curriculum which sets it apart from its competitors is its proximity to IE Business School, which allows us to offer students a more rigourous foundation in these core topics.

•    Politics, Society, and International
Relations of the Middle East
•    Corporate Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship
•    Environmental Politics
•    Game Theory and International Strategy
•    Global Leadership
•    Challenges to Democracy in Latin America
•    Project Management

The June-July period emphasizes work on the Masters’ Final Project as well as electives and workshops. The Final Project is a 50-page thesis, written under the supervision of a faculty member of your choice, which allows students to develop expertise in, and make an original contribution to, a specific field of knowledge.

• Public Affairs
• Strategic Planning and Policy Foresight
• Social Entrepreneurship
• Written Thesis
*eletives are subject to yearly reviews and may change

4th Period (Optional)

In this optional fourth period, students will have the option of spending an exchange semester at one of the MIR´s partner schools in Europe or the United States, or additionally by participating in a professional Beyond Borders Experience where students can learn valuable real world skills in an international professional setting. Contact our international admissions team for more information about our Beyond Borders Experience (BBE) offerings:






Average Age

26 years

Average Age

Average Proffesional Experience

3 years

Average Professional Experience

International Student


International Student

Nationalities represented


Nationalities represented

The MIR at IE comprises a talented, diverse and ambitious group of students. Classes are relatively small (a maximum of 45 students) and very cohesive. This sets the ground for culturally dynamic class environment and gives students the opportunity to study, collaborate, network and learn from each other’s experiences.

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IE academic background
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