MSSc International and European Relations

Linköping University

Program Description

MSSc International and European Relations

Linköping University

MSSc International and European Relations, 120 credits

The master’s programme approaches issues related to European relations in the context of an international society and global governance. It is suitable for students with a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with a special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs.

Students will be equipped with the necessary skills for facing the challenges of an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general fields of international and European relations. The programme is divided into four components, each equivalent to one semester:

  • International relations
  • European relations
  • International governance/Guided internship
  • Master’s thesis

The curriculum consists of topics ranging from international law and security, to European institutions and Europe’s external relations, theories of international relations and organisation, foreign policy analysis, contemporary issues of international governance, and research design and methodology. In order to develop the course curriculum and also for research purposes, the programme cooperates with partner institutions at Aalborg University (Denmark), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and Twente University (The Netherlands).

By the end of the programme students will have developed an independent critical approach to complex global, and specifically European, issues. Furthermore, students will gain the skills and knowledge to contribute actively to important developments, either as practitioners or as researchers. Students will also be able to:

  • understand the history, theory and contemporary implications of international and European relations, as well as the forces that drive developments
  • acquire the tools to reflect upon and analyse the dynamics of contemporary international and European relations
  • develop an in-depth understanding of issues regarding international governance and their significance
  • be able to independently design, conduct inquiries and then report on scientific matters within international and European relations.

The programme staff is engaged in research concerning international theory and the development of international norms and institutions, European security and foreign relations, regional development, political economy, federalism, policy analysis and political theory.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares students for a professional career in governmental institutions and in international public organisations, as well as in the private and non-governmental sectors. Graduates from the programme can be found today in such institutions, working with various aspects from running policy programmes to scientific research. The courses also provide a solid foundation for further studies and research within European and international studies.

Programme facts

  • Degree: Master of Social Science (120 credits) with a major in Political Science, specialisation International and European Relations
  • Language: English
  • Duration: Two years
  • Pace of study: Full-time
  • Campus: Linköping
  • Application code: LIU-91003
  • Application period: 16 Oct - 15 Jan
  • Start date: August / September

Tuition fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

All others: SEK 95,000 (approx. USD 14,000/EUR 10,400) per academic year

Programme specific requirements

Bachelor's degree with an in-depth study of at least 90 credits, i.e. 3 semesters of full-time study in the major subject. The programme provides advanced level studies for students of political science, international relations, economics, history, geography, law, media studies, sociology and other social sciences - and for students with other disciplinary backgrounds who can demonstrate an ability to develop their potential in the subject area.

Each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor's essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor's essay or project, then their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other academic activities related to the master's programme.

All supporting documents, including the letter of intent and the specific paper, should be sent to:

University Admissions in Sweden; FE 1, SE–838 73 Frösön.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
95,000 SEK
Jan. 15, 2017
Late applications might be considered.
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Linköping
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2017
Late applications might be considered.
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 95,000 SEK
All others (per academic year) ; Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

International and European Relations at Linköping University