Master's Degree in International Relations and African Studies

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
On campus
September to July

About this program

Master's Degree in International Relations and African Studies

The originality of this master's degree is the combination of two very related subjects, but which usually appear in different titles. This combination guarantees the necessary competencies to cover the growing demand for knowledge about international and transnational processes, and also about african realities. It offers future researchers and professionals from diplomacy, international organizations and development cooperation, quality training that combines the study of international relations with area studies focused on sub-Saharan Africa.

The design of the plan itself facilitates a quality teaching in seminar (small groups) by establishing a single compulsory subject (the introductory course of 6 ECTS credits) and offering another 16 optional subjects which, together with the limitation of places for each subject, facilitates the distribution of the students and that groups of a reduced and optimal size are formed (between 16 -18 pupils and students per class maximum).

The previous background of the students of the Master is very varied since they come from very diverse degrees (Law, Law and Political Science, Political Science, International Relations, Journalism, Social Anthropology, Economics, Philologies, History, Pharmacy, Administration and Business Management, Semitic and Islamic Studies, Asian and African Studies: Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, Translation and Interpreting, Diplomatic Career, Economics and International Trade, Arabic and Islamic Studies, etc.). In some cases, the students also present previous professional trajectories, almost always linked to the world of cooperation, humanitarian assistance or other areas of the third sector, as well as to research centers. In these 12 years of the master's degree we have had students from different foreign universities from more than 22 countries.

Admission requirements

The students will be admitted to the Master after a selection process carried out by the Master´s Coordinator and others teachers.

The criteria are: the average of the academic record (up to 10 points), complementary training in international relations or area studies and previous research or professional experience in the areas of the Master (up to 2 points), and any other merits (up to 1 point).

Likewise, the requests of students coming from the following disciplines will be prioritized (1 point): Political Sciences, International Relations or International Studies, Contemporary History, Economic Sciences, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Information Sciences, Law, Philosophy and Humanities . Based on these criteria, the scale is constructed and the first 35 people are admitted (30 places and 5 on the waiting list). The prerequisites to enroll in the program are the following:

1. Be in possession of a degree that allows access to master's degree studies in accordance with current regulations, whether issued by a Spanish or foreign university.
2. Average grade of your academic record. In the case of students with bachelor's degrees or degrees in foreign universities, an ANECA certificate of equivalence of that average grade is also required.
3. Currículum vitae.
4. Letter of motivation.
5. Certification (or sworn statement) of a B2 level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference. In the case of students whose mother tongue is not Spanish, certification or sworn statement of level B2 of Spanish is required.

Please note that whilst classes are normally taught in Spanish, most of the reading materials are English (for this reason a B2 level of English is required).

Two requirements are specific to the master's degree: the letter of motivation and the justification of English language proficiency. The motivation letter serves as an element to assess the real interest and affinity of the applicant student with the master given the high demand (2-3 times the number of places offered).

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Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

The Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) was founded in 1968 and has two campuses, Cantoblanco and the Medical School, in northern Madrid. The Autonomous University of Madrid is organized into seven schools, which include: Arts and Philosophy, Teacher Training and...

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