MA International Political Economy

International Political Economy is one of five specializations 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.

Specific requirements

Previous education

Students with either a university Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented university Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History can apply.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, the IR Admissions Board 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 programme first.
  • a student cannot be admitted.

International students: other admission requirements

Pre-master's programme for those who do not have the right diploma's. This comprises 6 months (30 ects) of extra courses to prepare you for entry to the 1-year master's programme in International Relations and International Organization. The Pre-master's programme only starts in September.

Job perspectives

After graduation, you are well prepared for an international career. Thanks to your knowledge of international politics and your critical academic skills, you can work in international (governmental) organizations, international business communities, non-profit organizations, the media and government. In addition, you are fit for a research career at a university or a private research institute.

The Master's specialization is broad in scope, provide in-depth knowledge and give students a solid foundation in international relations. There is consequently a wide range of employment opportunities for International Relations graduates.There are many different lines of work for graduates, depending on their programmes. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but you could also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, public relations officer or information officer. You could also take up a management position in the field of exports, marketing or personnel management.

Duration: 12 months
Language: English (100%)
Start course:

  • September 01, 2018
  • February 01, 2019

Application deadlines:

  • EU/EEA students: May 01, 2018; non-EU/EEA students: March 01, 2018.
  • EU/EEA students: November 01, 2018; non-EU/EEA students: November 01, 2018 (for starting february 2019).
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