MA in International Relations: Global Governance


Program Description

University of Groningen

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.


1 year

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 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.

Program options

Master's placement (specialization)

A placement is a recognized component of this Master's track.

You can propose yourself at what organization you would like to do a placement and where necessary the program can advise you. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Master's Honours Programme (honors program)

The Master's Honours Program was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a program worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's program. It is a one-year interdisciplinary program that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Program schedule

University of Groningen

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.

Study abroad

Study abroad is optional

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
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 bypassing 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 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

Tuition fees

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

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

Job prospects

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.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

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The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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