Master in International Relations - Study Plan

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The Master in International Relations is designed to fit each student’s individual preferred area of study. Built around four core areas—Management and Analytical Skills, Geopolitics and Diplomacy, International Economics and Business, and Global Governance and International Cooperation—the program allows you to specialize in one area as well as one geographical region.

Learn more about the three specialization options:

Geopolitics and Diplomacy

This specialization focuses on the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work with confidence in the geopolitical and diplomatic arena. Familiarize yourself with the current global security outlook and challenges, explore international negotiation techniques and foreign policy tools, and look at modern conflict-resolution methods. You’ll also analyze how foreign policy works and how inter-state relations are affected by global trends.


International Economics and Business

In this specialization, you will deep dive into international trade, finance and global markets. Contemporary economic themes, investment theory, policy-making, the impact of digitalization on the global economy and global supply chains will all feature. You’ll also examine the international institutional frameworks within which global economic policies are constructed and implemented and businesses operate.


Global Governance and International Cooperation

This specialization focuses on international organizations and cooperation, human rights and sustainability. Subject areas will center on collaborative efforts, examining a range of partnership models including inter-governmental and public-private partnerships. It will also examine the impact of technological development on international cooperation, and recent developments in global governance arrangements. The UN’s 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are a key focus of this specialization.


Focus on the region that most interests you

The Master in International Relations allows you to personalize your program content even further, giving you a deeper understanding of a particular region. In addition to the opportunity to customize your program with one of three specialization tracks, you’ll explore your chosen region’s culture, history, and role in international relations. Choose from: China and East Asia; Europe and North America; Africa; the Middle East and North Africa; or Latin America.



For their final project, students of 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.

NOTE: The partners listed here are from previous intakes. Partnering institutions may vary from year to year.
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  • IDB
  • World Food Programme logo
  • BID Lab logo
  • IE Africa Center logo
  • Unesco logo
  • Médecins Sans Frontièrs (MSF) logo

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