MA in International Relations

General

Program Description

Are you fascinated by international relations? Do you want to become a specialist in this field? Then this Master's degree is what you are looking for.

Within the one-year Master's degree in International Relations, you choose one of the following six Master's tracks:

International Security: its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context.

International Political Economy: 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.

European Integration: it explores the history, theory, and policies of the European Union and her member states.

Geopolitics & Connectivity: the study of power, space, and connectivity in international relations

East Asian Studies: it focuses on the political economy of contemporary East Asia, in particular, the political economies of China, Japan, and Korea.

Program: 1 year

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 choose two research seminars and a Capita fitting with your specialization, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of your specialization) and you will do an internship.

Master's Honours Programme (honors program)

The Master's Honours Programme 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 program starts in September as well as in February, all courses are offered both in the first and in the second semester.

Study abroad

It is optional to do a master's internship abroad.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
Grade list Excellent academic record.
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 on 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 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 2018-2019 €2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 €11500 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

15 October 2019

01 September 2020

01 February 2020

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

15 October 2019

01 September 2020

01 February 2020

Job prospects

The Master's program 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.

Research International Relations

Research conducted by 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 Feb 2020

About the School

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 astr ... Read More

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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