Master in International Relations

Tallinn University

Program Description

Master in International Relations

Tallinn University

Master in International Relations

International Relations programme is an interdisciplinary study within social sciences, defined by topics which vary from the complex and strategic relations of states to the various transnational forms and channels of non-state actors. The programme unites traditions of Anglo-American and continental European IR scholarship and education in reflecting the changing international system where the role of emerging states is growing.

The International Relations curriculum

• Focuses on foreign and security policy (incl. the small-state perspectives) and globalization in world and regional politics.

• Gives in-depth knowledge of state relations, international organizations and the role of non-state actors.

• Is the only IR curriculum in Estonia that gives an overview on Asia and other new powers as well as the regionalization process.

• Allows for specialisation in one of two modules: “Globalisation and Regional Cooperation” or “International Security and Conflict Studies”.

Why study with us?

Internationally experienced staff

• teaching experience in USA, UK, France, Italy Austria, Finland, China, India

• research and project management know-how in the East and Central-European, Balkan and Mediterranean, Central-Asian and North-American countries

• 80% of the lecturers have PhD degree

International student and study environment

Students from Estonia, Europe and around the world (United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil) contribute to a forward-looking and open-minded environment.

Practical experience and innovative study methods

The programme includes visits to government institutions and roundtable seminars where distinguished speakers, guest lecturers, visiting scholars and policy-makers share their perspectives on current international issues. The students attend study trips to Brussels and St. Petersburg. Innovative study methods make use of wide range of learning tactics such as e-learning, blended learning and flip teaching.

Career options

Graduates will have developed familiarity with the key issues and debates in IR theory as well as the ability to apply this knowledge to a range of practical and analytical tasks.
Possible career options for graduates include positions in government structures, public service, diplomacy, European affairs, international and non-governmental organizations across the world. Graduates may also continue their academic career as doctoral students in Estonia and all over the world.


Students with a BA (or equivalent) degree, strong proficiency in English (required minimum level: B2 according to Common European Framework) and a keen interest in the field of International Relations are welcome to apply. Some prior familiarity with the field of IR is an advantage.

Motivation letter: should be submitted with admission documents.

Interview: When all the documents have been submitted applicants will have an interview with the staff of the curriculum. The objective of the interview is to meet in person with applicants and discuss their motivation letter. Interviews can be done via internet, e.g. using Skype (NB! a web-camera is required). Please note that the candidate is expected to bring to the admission interview their Bachelor’s Thesis and the review(s).

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,200 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Estonia Tallinn
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 1,200 EUR
per semester