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Master in International Relations and European Studies

Università degli Studi di Firenze (University of Florence)
Program overview
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Italian
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Master in International Relations and European Studies

About this program

Master in International Relations and European Studies

The Master's Programme consists of a communal first year intended to provide a background in the legal, economic, historical and political science fields necessary in the international or European context.

During the second year students complete a specialisation (‘track') in either International Relations or in European Studies. In the International Relations (LM-52) track, students explore various issues, including international law related to the protection of human rights, the relationship between religion and international relations, economic and taxation issues, education and health, and the role of supranational institutions. Finally, students are offered a wide array of area-specific courses to specialize in, if they so choose. In particular, the International Relations track prepares students interested in pursuing a diplomatic career or in becoming officers or directors in international organizations, NGOs, international cooperation agencies, consulting agencies, journalism, research centers, and at high levels of public administration operating in an international context.

The European Studies (LM-90) track aims to train professionals with in-depth knowledge of the process of European integration and its current organization, with a particular focus on the structure and dynamics of EU functions, integration, the content of EU policy, and the EU's impact in national and international politics. Further opportunities for specialization present themselves during mandatory internships, as well as while working on the final dissertation and other research work.

Professionals that have graduated from either track are increasingly in demand by governments, businesses, and trade associations, not only at the supra-national level, but also at national, regional and local levels, both for interacting with European institutions and for drafting proposals for EU funding. Students have access to the considerable resources available at the Library of Social Sciences in Novoli Campus (the second largest library in Florence in terms of volumes of books) and the vast network of European libraries accessible through the interlibrary loan service. Students can also take advantage of extensive resources available at the European Documentation Centre at the Library of Social Sciences. For research concerning their final dissertation, students can access the library of the European University Institute and the material of the archives of the European Union, both located in Florence.

The RISE Master's Programme is enriched by courses taught by holders of a Jean Monnet Chair:"Social Dimension and European Integration" (Prof. L. Leonardi); "EU Politics and Policies in the Contemporary World (Prof. V. Fargion). Further, the course on "Energy, Environment and European Security" taught by Profs. R. Bardazzi, M.G.Pazienza and A.Tonini is funded by the European Commission.

Since 2011-12, a student exchange programme exists between RISE students and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the TongJi University of Shanghai and the Gdansk University of Technology with mutual recognition of the RISE Master and the Master's Degree in "International Relations" issued by the host universities. Students who apply and are selected for this programme will undertake the first year of study in Florence, and the second year in the chosen destination.

Since 2012, RISE Master allows students the opportunity to take courses entirely in English (referred as the English-only track). Upon successful completion of the RISE Master's programme, coursework in English will be recognized with a certificate added to the Master's degree (for more detailed information on courses, please refer to the Master's Programme website).

The English-only course of study is meant not only to improve language skills that are helpful to international work, but also to promote a multicultural environment that can attract a significant number of students from different countries, cultures, and academic traditions.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the RISE Master's programme, prospective students must possess a three-year degree or diploma from a University, or a similar academic qualification recognized as equivalent:they must have obtained a cumulative grade point average - CPGA - equal or higher than 80/100. Prospective students must also have completed specific curricular requirements and have had an adequate personal preparation verified through procedures and criteria defined in the Regulations for the Master's programme.

In order to be considered for admission to the programme, prospective students must have passed at least 3 exams in the field of law and/or economics and possess sound knowledge in history, sociology and political science. This means that students with a technical diploma (e.g. Agricultural studies, Engineering, Mathematics) or with a diploma in Arts (e.g. Foreign languages, Literature, History) do not meet the entry criteria and hence cannot be considered for admission.

Prior to admittance and in order to provide the clearance to enroll ('nulla osta') to those students that lack specific curricular requirements, based on the evaluation of their academic transcript and personal accomplishments, the Admissions Committee may require further exams be passed in the areas of economics, law, history or political science, in such cases, no more than 3 additional exams can be requested. These exams (educational debts) may be completed at the student’s own university, or at the University of Florence through the access to single subjects (see: ).

Given the internationalist vocation and the partially English educational offer of the master's degree, students are required to hold a C1 or higher English certification at the time of enrolment. Otherwise, once enrolled in the master's degree, students will have to achieve this certification by doing the C1 test organized for the degree course by the University Language Centre. A specific degree course commission will verify that this certification was acquired by the end of the first year of the master's course.

The candidates that intend to complete the full programme in English are exempted from the test of knowledge of Italian language required by the University of Florence. However please note that a basic knowledge of Italian is needed in order to interact with the University administration.

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Program content

Year 1

  • European Union Law
  • Comparative Migration Law
  • Competition and Regulation in the EU
  • EU Politics and policies in the contemporary world
  • The transformation of Europe in the "Long"20th Century
  • World History
  • Challenges in Global Economy
  • Energy, Environment and European Security
  • European and International Relations: linguistic analysis

Year 2

International Relations Track

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Geopolitics
  • Religions and International relations
  • Health and Education Economics
  • Energy poverty and international policies
  • The United States and the Transformation of the International Order
  • China in contemporary History
  • History and Politics of Contemporary Africa

European Studies Track

  • Politics of European Integration
  • Structural Funds
  • ICT Policies and Cybersecurity*
  • Intelligence and national Security*
  • Politics of Central - Eastern Europe*
  • Theories and practice of Lobbying
  • Society and Social Change in Europe
  • Demography and Global Politics*

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for more information.


For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

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Università degli Studi di Firenze (University of Florence)

The University of Florence dates back to the Studium Generale set up by the Florentine Republic in 1321. It has had very famous scholars (Galileo Galilei) and professors as well as the two most recent Italian Prime Ministers (Giuseppe Conte...

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Piazza San Marco, 4
50121 Florence Tuscany

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