MA in International Relations & International Organization

General

Program Description

One world, 7 billion people, 193 sovereign states, over 6,000 (Non-)Governmental Organizations, 1,000s of multinationals, all tied up in complex processes of dis/integration, cooperation, and conflict.

International Relations as a discipline is almost a century old. About its origins, different interpretations exist, but in general, 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.

International Relations and International Organization, a track of the Master's in 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 five essential areas of International Relations: International Security, International Political Economy, European Integration, Geopolitics & Connectivity and East Asian Studies. Moreover, to prepare for an international career you can organize a placement 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.

Why study this program in Groningen?

The Master's track IRIO offers: (a) flexibility in the selection of courses, enabling students to design a study programme tailored to their needs and interests; (b) a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff; (c) reserves room for a career-oriented placement that excellently prepares graduates for the labor market and (d) provides an excellent preparation for a variety of positions related to the broad field of international relations.

Program

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 can select from specialized capita and research seminars in four essential areas of IR: International Security, International Political Economy, European Integration, and Geopolitics & Connectivity. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis and you will do a placement.

Courses

  • Advanced Theory of International Relations (5 EC)
  • Research Seminar 1 (10 EC)
  • Research Seminar 2 (10 EC)
  • Capita: EI, IPE, IS or G&C (5 EC, optional)
  • Master's Placement (10 EC)
  • Master's thesis IRIO (20 EC)

Curriculum

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 are: 'Europe and China', 'Culture, Fear and Insecurity', 'Political Geographies of Infrastructure', and 'Money, Trade and Crime'. The topics of the research seminars differ every year, so these are merely examples.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch 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 programmes: 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.

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).
Previous education

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 Relations and International Organization trackwork at:

Government:

  • Project Officer Elections - Municipality The Hague (The Hague)

Business:

  • Young Information Professional - PBLQ (Den Haag)
  • Operations Specialist - HP España (Barcelona)
  • Due Diligence Analyst - Fraud Investigations and Compliance Services (Amsterdam)
  • Investment Promotion & Aftercare Executive - CINDE (Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency) (Costa Rica)

Communication:

  • Communications Officer - International Business School Hanzehogeschool (Groningen)
  • Online Marketing – Dutch Railways (The Hague)

Lobby:

  • Fundraising and Partnerships Officer - Consumers International (London)

Research:

  • Lecturer and Ph.D. - University of Groningen

Research

International Relations and International Organization

Research conducted within the Department of International Relations and International Organization takes mostly place within the context of one of the four other specializations: Global Governance, International Security, European Integration and International Political Economy.

Last updated Apr 2020

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