Master of Arts in International Relations and European-Asian Studies

Tallinn University of Technology

Program Description

Master of Arts in International Relations and European-Asian Studies

Tallinn University of Technology

International Relations and European-Asian Studies

Language of studies:English

Nominal study period: 2 years

Workload: 120 ECTS

Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Social Sciences

Entry: Bachelor’s Degree, CV, motivational letter/ personal statement

The two-year Master’s programme in International Relations and European-Asian Studies builds upon bachelor studies and is designed to prepare specialists with the potential to work in various areas of International Relations such as diplomacy and the conduct of foreign relations as well as mass media, policy planning or academic research etc. The programme aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to take advantage of an increasing range of professional opportunities of an international dimension. The students can develop their specialisation in the narrower fields of political, legal and economic studies.

The students obtain a solid basic knowledge and skills in planning and doing research in their field. They learn about the basics and latest developments in theories of political science and international relations. Current issues on the scene of international life today are frequently discussed in class with a special focus on the problems concerning security, conflict resolution and terrorism. The students take a special module concerning European-Asian studies, including European/Asian politics, economy and EU law. This educational background offers them the possibility to obtain excellent qualifications for a successful career in the EU and Asian institutions. In addition, academic career is open for those willing to pursue it.

The Department of International Relations at Tallinn University of Technology offers advanced programmes in the field of International Relations at the Bachelor and Master level, which are unique in the region. International Relations as an interdisciplinary field of social science typically consists of international politics, international law and international economy. These fields are in the main focus of our programmes. Concerning teaching the law courses, we are developing cooperation with The Tallinn Law School. In addition, there is an emphasis on courses introducing the history and basics of diplomacy, security studies, political and cultural communication, etc. Our students learn about the foundation, historical development and current trends of the democratic society in the international context. Language-based area studies are becoming an important research focus of the department. This brings us into direct contact with the developing world. Our students have the requirement to learn at least two foreign languages.

In addition, our students have an opportunity to take or choose from seven Asia-related courses framed by the interdisciplinary joint educational module that is offered by our university as well as Tartu and Tallinn University. The aforementioned module is called ‘Asian Societies, Economy and Politics’.

The graduates of our programmes have a wide range of opportunities open in front them. They can work in different types of institutions ranging from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies to several kinds of international organisations and companies in both public and private sectors.

Besides local Professors, the faculty comes from a large variety of different regions of the world, i.e., the USA, Spain, New Zealand, Latvia, Russia, etc. The faculty members have solid academic background and substantial teaching experience. In addition, we have interesting practitioners with a background in diplomacy, foreign office and other areas of political activity as part time faculty. Our cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Uppsala University and many other outstanding centres of social sciences all over Europe.

Admission requirements

Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has prerequisites:

  • Motivation letter/ personal statement 1-2 A4 pages (It should include: previous working and studying experiences; previous skills’ and experiences. Why you are interested in this programme? What kind of job do you wish to have after graduating?).
  • CV - working experience benefits.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Level of English B2 or higher. We accept TOEFL (min. score 70) and IELTS (min. 5.5) certificates.


Non EU

April 14

EU, Turkey, Georgia
(and students who do not need a visa to enter Estonia )

May 1

** Information on application process can be found here:

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
3,300 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Estonia Tallinn
Application deadline Request Info
End date July 15, 2018
Duration 2 years
Price 3,300 EUR
3300 EUR per academic year