Global governance relates to the ways in which order is established, maintained and transformed in the global sphere. The study of global governance addresses the problem of how 'orders of governance' are constituted and operated in contemporary and historical settings.
In this track, the order is understood as the outcome of particular ways of managing, organizing and governing global political spaces which can no longer be understood in terms of the absence of an overarching authority. It involves the interaction between interests expressed by governments and international institutions, as well as the role of non-state actors. Historical, constructivist, and post-structuralist methodologies are applied to interpret the interplay between a broad array of dynamic public, private and transnational interests in creating order in the world.
This track within the Master's degree programme 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 Global Governance) and you will follow a Capita Global Governance, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of Global Governance) and you will do an internship.
Master's placement (specialization)
A placement is a recognised component of this Master's track.
You can propose yourself at what organisation you would like to do a placement and where necessary the programme can advise you. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.
Master's Honours Programme (honours program)
The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.
It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.
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 Global Governance are: 'Governing through Risk and the Politics of Uncertainty', 'Geopolitics and Connectivity', 'Power Configurations in World Politics' and 'Governance and Security in the Arctic'. The topics of the research seminars are updated every year, so please note that these are examples.
For course descriptions, please visit the Online Course Catalogue: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-international-relations (please scroll down for Global Governance)
Study abroad is optional
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|language test||The English language proficiency requirement will be met by passing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWO final exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-based TOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from the University of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.|
|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 are eligible to apply.
After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme 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:
|Type of student||Deadline||Start course|
|EU/EEA students||01 May 2018, 15 October 2018||01 September 2018, 01 February 2019|
|non-EU/EEA students||01 May 2018, 15 October 2018||01 September 2018, 01 February 2019|
The Master's track is broad in scope and gives students a solid foundation in international relations. There is consequently a wide range of employment opportunities for International Relations graduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but you could also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer. You can work in international business, non-profit or government organizations, in the media, and at a university or a private research institute.
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Last updated February 20, 2018