Each of our Master of Arts programmes can be completed in two-years on a full-time basis. These programmes have the optional benefit of offering students an exchange during their third semester at one of our partner institutions. To earn a degree, 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits must be completed, including 30 ECTS credits for a dissertation.
Our master programmes follow the reforms of the Bologna Process and the requirements for accreditation in Switzerland. The courses are taught in English, and to a lesser extent in French, by academics and practitioners, through a variety of critical and cultural perspectives as well as innovative pedagogical approaches.
Students can choose from one of two master tracks (interdisciplinary or disciplinary), both of which combine conceptual, theoretical, methodological and practical foundations.
The two interdisciplinary master programmes are practice-oriented and give you the opportunity to partake in soft-skills workshops, capstone projects and internships (IOs, NGOs, public administration, etc.). They draw on the faculty from the Institute’s core disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, law and political science, together with invited faculty who have extensive policy experience.
- Master in International Affairs
The Master in International Affairs (MIA) covers global politics and history, anthropology and sociology, international law and international economics, enabling you to acquire the fundamental concepts, tools and skills to analyse the contemporary world.
- Master in Development Studies
The Master in Development Studies (MDEV) is based on innovative training that favours critical approaches to global governance and the multifaceted question of sustainability. It also combines courses in economics, public policy (from local to global) and key thematic issues, like security or migration.