MA International Relations & International Organization

International Relations as a discipline is almost a century old. Different interpretations exist about its origins, but the general field of IR emerged in response to the consequences of power politics in Europe, culminating in the First World War, and in response to specific research questions within Political Science.

IR in Europe started as an interdisciplinary project, IR in Groningen still follows this tradition. Building on the interdisciplinary Bachelor in International Relations & International Organization, this specialization of the Master International Relations offers a comprehensive study in theory and practice. Theretofore, IRIO uses a 'self-service' model. Besides the mandatory course on advanced theory and the master thesis, you can select from specialized capita and research seminars in four essential areas of International Relations: International Security, International Political Economy, European Integration, and Global Governance. Moreover, to prepare for an international career you can organize an internship at a public or private organization in the field of international relations, where you can apply your knowledge and skills in a 'real-time' environment.

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.

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