International Relations / Political Science

MASTER & PHD at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Theoretical grounding and rigorous training in international relations and political science


The International Relations/Political Science Department offers a highly innovative, cosmopolitan and enriching academic environment. We concentrate on helping our students develop analytical skills that enable them to work and conduct research in a variety of settings: governments, international organisations, NGOs, businesses and academia.

Our internationally recruited faculty works with a broad array of different theoretical and methodological approaches. While several approach the subject with what might broadly be termed a constructivist or broadly critical orientation, the faculty also includes a game theorist, a feminist theorist, an agent-based modeler, a linguistic analyst and a rational institutionalist.

MASTER IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS / POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • Two-year programme develops solid, wide-ranging expertise in international relations
  • Courses include comparative politics, conflict studies, political economy, international governance and methodology
  • Combines coursework, workshops, research and a thesis

 

PHD IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS / POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • Stand-alone four-year PhD programme or Fast-track master’s/doctoral program allowing students to complete a master’s and PhD within five years
  • Designed to prepare students for a research-focused career in international relations

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Ximena-Garate
The Graduate Institute is preparing us to become proactive participants in world affairs. It’s exciting to be involved and to be part of it.
Ximena Garate
PhD student, International Relations/Political Science

Our student body


The Graduate Institute, Geneva is home to students from all over the world. Roughly 1,000 students from 100 countries are enrolled in our various programmes. Each year, 30-35 students are admitted to the IR/PS Master programme and approximately 12 students to the PhD programme.

 

A COSMOPOLITAN INSTITUTION
 

The Graduate Institute community is on a human scale, yet fully reflective of humanity’s diversity. Its cosmopolitanism enriches students and contributes to the Institute’s expert analyses of the challenges of globalisation. 

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Funding opportunities
 

Affordable tuition fees and high levels of financial aid enable our MA and PhD students to complete their studies with less pressure. Financial support for the doctoral programme is available through a mix of scholarships, teaching and research assistant positions, and external grants, such as those from the Swiss National Foundation.

 

Careers
 

90% of our students find work within four months of graduation. Recent alumni have secured employment with the United Nations, European Commission, Médecins Sans Frontières, HSBC, World Economic Forum, UBS and elsewhere. Others have taken up doctoral, post-doctoral or faculty positions at Cambridge University, Harvard, Sciences Po, Oxford University, Princeton and LSE, to mention just a few. 

 

Professor Andrea Bianchi, Director of Studies at the Graduate Institute, discusses what makes the Institute so unique and shares his thoughts on academic excellence.

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Academic excellence

A cosmopolitan community

international career

high levels of financial aid

International Geneva

A vibrant alumni community