Study Plan


The courses are taught by Faculty members (professors and lecturers) and integrate at least two disciplinary approaches from the six represented at the Graduate Institute (anthropology, economics, history, law, political science, sociology). A dedicated tutor offers assistance and guidance to students both to help them gain maximum benefits from the courses they attend and to facilitate the transition to their new study environment.

Curriculum (30 ECTS)

  • Two substantive courses (2 class hours/week run over 14 weeks, 18 ECTS)




  • A choice of two courses at the MA-level from a large range of thematics (International Law, Political Science, International Economics, History of International Relations, Anthropology and Sociology of Development) (2 class hours/week per course run over 14 weeks, 6 ECTS/course ) Check out the courses on our catalogue*
    *some courses are subject to prerequisites

Example of MA courses chosen by our students :

AUTUMN Semester SPRING Semester
HI057 - Peripheral Visions: The Birth and Evolution of Japanese Imperialism (1850-1937) DE136 - Migration Governance in Times of Crisis: the UN and EU Compared
DI107 - Transnational Legal Processes MINT102 - Histories of Truth, Facts and Uncertainty
MINT054 - Migration and Development MINT038 - International Environmental Institutions
RI-SP075 - Political Economy of Contemporary China  
DE133 - Poverty and Inequality  


  • A French Language Course (from beginner to advanced level) (2 hours/week run over 14 weeks, 6 ECTS) optional
  • Visits to International Organisations as well as discussions with their representatives to discuss current issues and present organizational challenges including professional trajectories. This workshop series feature speakers from the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, the World Health Organisation, the UN High Commission for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the US permanent mission in Geneva, Doctors without Borders etc.

Supervision and Coordination

  • The programme is supervised by an experienced team of academic and administrative staff who provide full support to students. In addition, an advanced PhD student will be available to assist students on a daily basis.


  • Students benefit from the resources available at the Institute, including the many conferences and events which take place on campus.