Master in International Relations - Study Plan

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Three types of student profiles can undertake a this Master:


That have just finished their undergraduate education and would like to pursue a master’s degree in order to complement or further strengthen their undergraduate education.



With a couple years of experience that want to steer their careers in the desired path. They might be looking to add an international dimension to their current function, or qualify for new opportunities.



Professionals that have worked for several years but want to explore new options. They are now looking for a change in sector, industry, function, geographic location or a combination of those.


A unique program

The Master's degree gives influential leaders the tools to transform situations and make a meaningful difference in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The core courses are divided into four areas: global affairs foundations, international business and economics, comparative regional studies, and social entrepreneurship and development. Master students also study an obligatory foreign language and complete a final project, either a Master’s thesis or a Capstone Consulting Project. The program is complemented by a week-long fieldwork visit to Brussels and an optional international exchange semester at one of our prestigious partner universities.

Students will gain core skills and competencies which they will then apply and hone throughout the year-long course.

Theories of International Relations

In this course, students are introduced to the theoretical paradigms which have historically and do currently guide research in international relations and apply them to salient contemporary topics.

History of International Relations

This course will consider some of the ways societies have interacted and been organized in the last 100 years, as well as historic theories of nationhood, causes of conflict and preconditions for peace.

Introduction to International Law

This course examines the development of international law and its institutions. The work of the European Court of Human Rights and other regional systems of protection and their interactions will be studied.

Global Governance and International Organizations

The course examines international institutions—such as the UN, WTO, IMF and NATO—and their role in addressing global challenges of economic governance, development and transnational security.

Peace, Conflict and Mediation

This course will review basic theoretical concepts and frameworks for conflict management and resolution and examine the role of third-party intervention and governmental and intergovernmental structures.

A strong foundation in management, economics and strategy helps students achieve their professional goals.

International Finance and Monetary Theory

This course examines the institutions and structures that shape the political economy of the international monetary and financial systems from historical, theoretical and practical perspectives.

Micro- and Maco- Economics

The course covers the most important economic theories and macroeconomic concepts for business with a focus on economic analysis, consumer decision-making and the implications of governmental microeconomic policies.

Global Leadership

This course analyzes elements of human behavior that affect the workplace, such as career management, self-management and leadership, in order to assess their potential impact on the workplace.

Quantitative Methods

This course examines the role of statistics in managerial decision-making with a focus on both the theory of fundamental statistical techniques and the use of Excel for statistical analysis.

International Political Economy

This course offers an advanced introduction to international political economy by analyzing global economic trends, globalization international systems, development, climate change and more.

Students will learn about the politics, economics, and society of the world’s most important geographic centers.

International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East

This seminar centers on international relations in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Its primary focus is to expose students to academic and policy debates about the region's past, present and future after the 2011 Arab uprisings.

Politics and Economics of China and Southeast Asia

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to analyze social, political and economic change in contemporary China and Southeast Asia; and the repercussions of these transformations on its foreign policy and international behavior.

Politics, Development and Economics of Latin America

This course examines and compares transitions to democracy in South American countries. This regional focus will be supplemented by an analysis of the challenges democratic governments face.

Comparative Development and Political Economy of Africa

This course will provide students a general introduction to the political, economic and social dynamics of Sub-Saharan Africa. It will include case studies focused on both its diversity and shared challenges.

The European Union and the European Economy

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the European Union and its dynamics, goals and policies. Students will develop the skills required to work with European institutions.

Comparative Politics

This course is intended primarily for graduate students in political science as an introduction to the comparative study of democratic processes. Students will learn to analyze these major issues across all countries.

This module introduces students to social impact and development.

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

This seminar introduces students to topics in social entrepreneurship as they analyze the opportunities, challenges and tensions facing social entrepreneurs who work with the world's poorest.

Game Theory and International Strategy

This course will provide students an introduction to the use of rational choice and game theoretic modeling. The basic math skills to be used for the course can be acquired as the course progresses.

Project Management

This course is a general introduction to project management with a focus on the tools and techniques students need to develop skills in structured thinking, analysis, problem-solving and soft skills.

Corporate Social Responsibility

This course examines the nexus between business, society, government and entrepreneurship with an emphasis on the political, regulatory, social and natural environments in which businesses and societies operate. 

Climate Politics and Environmental Sustainability

This course examines some of today's most salient environmental issues with a focus on the scientific, political, economic, cultural, social and biophysical complexities that environmental issues suppose for policymaking.

Economic Development Theory

The course will analyze major theories of economic development and provide students with the tools they need to evaluate the challenges and opportunities faced by various countries.

For their final project, students can choose between an individual, research-oriented Master's Thesis or a practical team-based Capstone Consulting Project. For Capstone Partners, please see below.

Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis presents an opportunity for students to gain true expertise in a certain aspect of international development. Each student is allocated an academic tutor, who supervises them and guides them through the challenges of multidisciplinary research. This gives them the chance to put the critical thinking skills they’ve learned over the course of the program to the test.

Capstone Consulting Project

Students who take on the capstone consulting project are placed with an international organization for the final two terms of the program. Each student is supervised by a coordinator from the host company, who regularly monitors them as they carry out risk assessment and impact reports, putting their theoretical knowledge into practice.

Introduction to Career Services

How to improve your CV and Cover Letter

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Personal Branding

Interview Preparation and Salary Negotiation

Job Hunting Workshop


For their final project, students of both the Bachelor and the Master in International Relations can choose between an individual, research-oriented thesis or a practical team-based Capstone Consulting Project. Underneath you can find this year´s capstone partners for the Master in International Relations.
  • Political Intelligence
  • Hotwire
  • IDB
  • MoringaSmile

Do you know about our Dual Degree programs?

Pursue two disciplines while gaining insight from different perspectives and ways of thinking in less than two years. You’ll cover the contents of two master’s programs—and graduate with two diplomas.

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