INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/POLITICAL SCIENCE

Master in International Relations/Political Science

The master programme in International Relations/Political Science prepares students for doctoral studies, research activities and careers dealing with different aspects of international relations, which require strong analytical and research skills, whether in the public or private sector. Courses cover political economy, multilateral governance, applied game theory, security policy, environmental regulation, conflict and cooperation, gender politics, political violence, sovereignty, intervention and humanitarianism, qualitative methods, statistics and other topics.

 

INCOMING STUDENTS

General Outline of the Curriculum

6 compulsory courses (including 3 to be chosen) 6x6=36 ECTS
Possibility to choose a track  
9 elective courses

5 to 7 in the discipline of specialisation

2 to 4 in one or several complementary discipline(s)


5x6, 6x6 or 7x6=30, 36 or 42 ECTS

2x6, 3x6 or 4x6=12, 18 or 24 ECTS
Dissertation 30 ECTS
TOTAL 90+30=120 ECTS

 

Each student is allowed to spread out the elective courses over semesters 1 to 4, but must take into account the following regulations:

  • Students must take a certain number of courses in their discipline of specialisation and in complementary disciplines;
  • It is obligatory for students to obtain a minimum of 18 ECTS credits each semester;
  • Failed courses cannot be repeated during the fourth semester of studies.

Students interested in the fast track option must obtain the 90 course credits required by the curriculum by the end of the third semester. During the third semester, these students can take in advance the “Doctoral Seminar”; this course will replace one of the elective courses included in the master programme curriculum.

Students have the opportunity to spend the third semester at one of the Institute’s partner universities as part of its exchange programmes. At the end of this period abroad, these students will be able to transfer a maximum of 30 ECTS credits and, as far as possible, should have taken a substitute course for “Statistics for International Relations Research I”, which is supposed to be taken in the third semester.


 

Incoming Students

Semester 1: Autumn 2017
(30 ECTS)

1 compulsory course
(1X6=6 ECTS)

Elective courses

Semester 2: Spring 2018

1 compulsory course
(1X6=6 ECTS)

 

Elective courses

Semester 3: Autumn 2018

1 compulsory course
(1x6=6 ECTS)

Elective courses

The list of elective courses offered for the academic year 2018–19 will be available at the end of the spring semester 2018.

Semesters 1-3: Autumn 2017-Autumn 2018

3 compulsory courses must be chosen from the following
(3x6=18 ECTS)

Autumn 2017

 

Spring 2018

 

Semester 4: Spring 2019

Dissertation

 

CONTINUING STUDENTS

Semester 3: Autumn 2018

1 compulsory course
(1x6=6 ECTS)

 

Elective courses 

 

Semester 4: Spring 2017

Dissertation

 

LIST OF ELECTIVE COURSES

In the discipline of specialisation
(30-42 ECTS, 5 to 7 courses)

Autumn 2017

 

Spring 2018

In one or several complementary discipline(s):
(12-24 ECTS, 2 to 4 courses)

The complementary courses are the ones that you can choose from another disciplinary department or in the MIA and MDEV curricula, only if they are open to your department and subject to places being available. More specifically, you will be able to register to these courses online via Campus. These courses shouldn’t be confused with courses taken outside of the curricula (“hors-plan” courses) which are usually not opened to your department, or courses taken in an academic institution (out of exchange programmes). You can register to these courses with formal dispensation, under the condition not to exceed a cumulative total of 12 ECTS (on the whole four semesters) and to ask for authorisation to the Direction of Studies via a form available in the internet Student Portal.