MA in International Political Economy


Program Description

The world has become smaller. Markets operate in Spartan competition and states and societies face the endeavor to cope with on-going globalization. IPE addresses these marvels.

International Political Economy is a track within the Master's degree in International Relations.

Since the 1970s, IPE has developed as an independent sub-discipline in International Relations (IR). It focuses on the interaction between states, markets, and societies. Its primary aim is to increase our understanding of the dynamics of these three building blocks. In doing so, IPE is interdisciplinary by its self-same nature.

Why is it fascinating coming to grips with a globalizing world economy? While states cannot be conceived of as homogenous actors that perfectly take care of the preferences of all of their citizens, one can nevertheless reveal degrees of freedom for negotiation about regional and international cooperation in the fields of trade, production, finance, and knowledge. It is a scholarly exertion to reveal the complicated nexus of states, markets, and societies.

Why study this program in Groningen?

The track IPE:

  • Enables to design a study program tailored to your needs and interests.
  • It offers a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by committed staff.
  • Includes a placement that excellently prepares for the labor market.
  • Provides you with a research-oriented profile that makes you fit for participation in a Research Master and/or a Ph.D. track.
  • It is embedded in a university that provides a genuine international environment in the sparkling city of Groningen.


Year 1

This track within the Master's degree program International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic element is the module Advanced Theory of International Relations. This module must be followed by all students. You choose two research seminars (at least one of which in IPE) and you will follow a Capita IPE, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of IPE) and you will do a placement.


  • Advanced Theory of International Relations (5 EC)
  • Research Seminar 1 (10 EC)
  • Research Seminar 2 (10 EC)
  • Capita International Political Economy (5 EC)
  • Master's Placement (10 EC)
  • Master's Thesis International Political Economy (20 EC)


Because the track starts in September as well as in February, all courses are offered both in the first and in the second semester.

Examples of Research Seminars International Political Economy are: 'Multinational Corporations', 'Political Economy of Migration', 'Ethics in Global Political Economy'. The topics of the research seminars differ every year, so these are merely examples.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch and international diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

Previous education

University of Groningen: For students with a University of Groningen Bachelor's degree in American Studies, Communication and Information Studies, European Languages and Cultures (Profile Politics and Society), History, International and European Law, International Business, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Minorities and Multilingualism, Psychology and Sociology a standard Pre-Master program applies.

Other universities and degree programs: Students with either a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History can submit an application to the IR Admissions Board.

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific program requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • Direct admission is possible
  • A student has to complete the pre master's program first
  • A student cannot be admitted

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 November 2019

01 June 2020

01 November 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
Non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 12500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

The Master's program in International Relations prepares its students for professions and research careers where knowledge of international-political developments and the ability to analyze and assess complex issues and to form grounded judgments are relevant.

Many graduates become policy advisors for national governments, NGOs, and international organizations in international politics. An increasing number of graduates also use their analytical skills to advise international businesses. Research, media, and communication are also prospective fields of employment.

Alumni of the International Political Economy trackwork at:


  • Policy Officer International Affairs – Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (The Hague)
  • Policy Officer European Space Policy - Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (The Hague)

International Organisations:

  • Project Assistant - International Organization for Migration (The Hague)


  • Analyst Private Real Estate – PGGM (Amsterdam)
  • Sustainability Advisor – ASN Bank (The Hague)
  • Supply Chain Specialist – Hilti NL
  • Project Manager - World of Walas (Vancouver)


  • Policy Officer – Lighting Europe (Brussels)
Last updated Oct 2019

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