First semester (study periods 1 & 2)

During the first semester, you will take a combination of team-taught compulsory courses, research seminars and elective courses: 

  • The Modern World and the State System: Historical and International Relations Theories. This core (compulsory) course provides a historical and theoretical analysis of key concepts and approaches in international relations and international political theory
  • IR in Practice: This core (compulsory) course provides students with the opportunity to learn to find, identify, analyze and also draft key documents such as policy briefs and UN resolutions.
  • Research Seminars: Aiming to foster the students’ critical and analytical skills through researching and writing a proposal for further research, research seminars cover three broad themes: Conflict and Security, Europe and the World, Globalization and Global Governance.
  • Electives offer you the opportunity to specialize in two additional research area. You can choose from among three themes, which focus on ’Security and Conflict’, ‘Europe and the World’, or ‘Globalization and Global Governance’, and which match the three research pillars of the History of International Relations team. Each theme is in turn subdivided into two case-studies, which can vary on a yearly basis, such as terrorism, Spain in a European context, and the Middle Eastern Conflict.

Second semester (study periods 3 & 4)

You can choose one of the two programme tracks, according to your interests:

  1. Practical track: You will undertake an internship and write a thesis (15 EC), in the order of your choice.
  2. Research track: You will take a research tutorial, culminating in a research thesis (20 EC)

Examples of theses are 'The failure of deterrence', 'The renaissance of walls' and 'Closing ranks under pressure?'

Separate international relations theories tend to present our world as conforming to 'one truth'. Be aware. There are many paradigms out there. All of them valuable in one way or another. The MA programme will give you the opportunity to make your own choices, find your own multidisciplinary theoretical paths.
Christ Klep

Educational methods

  • seminar: 50%
  • internship: 25%
  • independent study: 15% (thesis)
  • group work: 10%

Writing a thesis at the end of your studies is an individual exercise, but you will write it in the context of a coaching group that regularly meets under the guidance of a supervisor. Your supervisor will also be available for individual coaching.

Examination methods

  • essay exam, usually in the shape of a take-home exam
  • papers
  • presentations
  • role play