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International Relations and Business Diplomacy

University of Deusto
2 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Bilbao
Master in International Relations and Business Diplomacy

Program description

International Relations and Business Diplomacy

A programme to understand the world and learn how to build relationships that mitigate risks and identify new business partnerships and opportunities.
Designed by an international board of leading academics and experts.

  • Possibility of international student mobility to Wuhan University (Hubei, China).
  • SIMULAB: learning based on practical training in international negotiation.
  • International internships at leading institutions and companies.
  • Academic programme fully taught in English.

The traditional relationship between governments, multinational companies and non-governmental organizations and interest groups has changed. Doing international business in a globalised economy today is now a matter of understanding and being able to navigate successfully in the complex political nature of international relations.

Companies need new capabilities and business diplomacy is a value lever that allows to build and maintain key relationships to obtain long-term, sustainable business results with a positive impact on their outturn.

Admission requirements

Student profile

Graduates who plan to develop their career in business internationalization through innovative training in a multicultural academic environment. 

Professionals working in business fields and public institutions for international business promotion, who need to underpin their professional profile with advanced training in new strategies and tools that take into account the latest advances and experiences.

Entry requirements 

Academic background

  • Official Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
  • Professional experience in the business internationalization field or academic training that demonstrates basic knowledge of the area. 

English level

  • Provide proof of having a C1 English level

If candidates only have a B2 English level when applying for admission to the Master’s, they can be provisionally admitted provided that they have reached an advanced English level upon enrolment in September. This requires the commitment of candidates’ who have been provisionally admitted to improving their English level during the period between application for admission and enrolment. 


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Program content

Students will focus on acquiring the theoretical and practical skills and competences to understand how international relations work and to promote business abroad using diplomatic channels and processes, both in public institutions and in the private sector.

This programme provides professionals with the skills to include diplomacy as a key management tool. Experts will play a key role in understanding the new role of businesses, closing the gap between commercial activities and the management of socio-political issues.

First Semester

  • International Organizations
  • Global Governance and Global Issues
  • International Political Economy and International Trade
  • Business management
  • Advanced Geopolitical Analysis and Global Security
  • Advanced Theories of International Relations
  • Global Leadership (case studies)
  • Methodology in International Relations and Intelligence Analysis

Second Semester

  • Risk analysis and methodology
  • Diplomacy and stakeholders analysis
  • International negotiation and crises management
  • International Law and arbitration
  • Project Management & Tender
  • Internship in Business Diplomacy.
  • Master Thesis. 

Tuition fees

Total cost: 9.600 €

  • Enrolment: 1.920 €
  • Monthly payments: 960 €
  • Nº of payments: 8 (from October to May)

Career opportunities

The Master’s course is designed to sharpen and develop students’ personal skills and abilities so that they can become professionals capable of creating a positive impact on the management of non-financial risk analysis and institutional relations on the international sphere.

  • Positions in companies in the internationalization and institutional relations area.
  • Management positions in business associations, clusters and chambers of commerce.
  • Experts in consultancy firms and companies providing advisory services to other organizations on internationalization matters.
  • Management positions in public institutions with departments focused on promoting business internationalization.
  • Positions in multilateral organizations related to the promotion and optimization of free and sustainable international trade. 

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Founded in 1886, the University of Deusto is a Spanish Jesuit University with two campuses located in the heart of the Basque cities of Bilbao and San Sebastián, and a third site for Executive Education in Madrid. Recognised by its...


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