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Master's degree in International Studies

ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Program description

International Studies

The Master in International Studies is organized according to a multidisciplinary perspective, integrating courses from different scientific areas, from International Relations to History, from Economy to International Management, from Sociology to Anthropology. It is designed, therefore, for students with degrees in those areas who want to develop multidisciplinary post-graduate studies. The Master in International Studies will prepare them to careers in international organizations, NGOs, business and international management, media, policy-making, public administration, teaching and research.

The Master in International Studies is structured around a common core of mandatory courses, that deal with the study of institutions, governance and international relations; others related to the major societal and developmental challenges, human rights and citizenship; and still others focusing on the dynamics of economy and international business.

In addition to the common core of mandatory courses, students are free to create their own path in areas such as Africa, India, China, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Transatlantic Studies, International Management. Students who choose two optional courses in the same area of specialization and prepare a dissertation on the same regional or thematic area will have that choice recognized and mentioned in their diploma supplement.

The Master in International Studies allows master students to develop the knowledge and skills acquired during the first cycle of education in a multidisciplinary approach in the scientific area of International Studies. The course as designed will also strengthen the link between education and the increasingly internationalized research developed at the Center for International Studies of ISCTE-IUL, since during the preparation of the dissertation and project work students are preferably integrated into ongoing projects at the Centre.


Information regarding COVID-19

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Portuguese government has temporarily closed all schools and universities from March 12th 2020.

In light of this, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa will be suspending face-to-face classes and offering all programs remotely instead. For more information about this, please contact the university.

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Program content

Completion of the course provides students with qualifications and skills that will enable access to a wide variety of professions, such as:

  • teaching
  • research
  • policy-making
  • public administration
  • social services
  • civil society organizations
  • media
  • international business

Courses will be taught in English. Among the targeted audience of this program are students from other European countries but also from countries outside Europe, trying to meet the growing demand for advanced training at ISCTE-IUL by international students, who now make up about 10 % of the student population at ISCTE-IUL.

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ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Founded in 1972, the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) is one of the most prestigious public universities in Portugal, particularly focused on postgraduate studies and scientific research. It is organized in four schools: ISCTE Business School, School of Sociology and...

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ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Avenida das Forças Armadas
1649-026 Lisboa

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