MA International Relations

University of Groningen
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Groningen
English
01 February 2023

About this program

MA International Relations

Within the one-year Master's degree in International Relations, you choose one of the following six Master's tracks:

  • International Security: its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context.
  • International Political Economy: it focuses on the interaction between states, markets and societies. Its primary aim is to increase our understanding of the dynamics of these three building blocks.
  • European Politics in a Global Perspective: it explores the history, theory and policies of the European Union and her member states.
  • Geopolitics & Connectivity: the study of power, space and connectivity in international relations
  • International Relations and International Organization: combines and explores all five areas mentioned above.
  • East Asian Studies: it focuses on the international relations of contemporary East Asia, in particular the political economies of China, Japan and Korea.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

language test -Additional requirements English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

previous education -Students with either a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History can submit an application to the IR Admissions Board.

International diploma

language test -Additional requirements English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

previous education -Students with either a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History can submit an application to the IR Admissions Board.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

1st year

  • Advanced Theory of International Relations (5 EC)
  • Research Seminar 1 (in your track) (10 EC)
  • Research Seminar 2 (10 EC)
  • Capita (in your track) (5 EC)
  • Master's Placement (10 EC)
  • Master's Thesis (20 EC)

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 14,750 per year

Qualification

Credits: 60 ECTS

MA in International Relations

Career paths

The Master Program in International Relations prepares its students for professions and research careers where knowledge of international-political developments and the ability to analyse and assess complex issues and to form grounded judgements are relevant.

Many graduates become policy advisors for national governments, NGOs, and international organisations in international politics. An increasing number of graduates also use their analytical skills to advise international businesses. Research, media and communication are also prospective fields of employment.Alumni of theMaster International Relations (all six tracks)work at:

Government:

  • Project Officer Elections -Municipality The Hague(The Hague)
  • Project Manager -Federal Police Headquarters(Potsdam)
  • Policy Officer for Gulf, Middle East and Africa -Directorate-General for Foreign Economic Relations at Ministry of Foreign Affairs(The Hague)

Business:

  • HR Analyst -Shell(The Hague)
  • Operations Specialist -HP España(Barcelona)
  • Customer Engagement Representative -Survey Monkey(Dublin)

NGO:

  • Project Manager –Ahla Fawda(Beirut)

International Organisations:

  • Program Officer –SRHR(Burundi)
  • Project Assistant -International Organization for Migration(The Hague)

Communication:

  • Communications Officer -International Business School Hanzehogeschool(Groningen)
  • Online Marketing –Dutch Railways(The Hague)

Lobby:

  • Fundraising and Partnerships Officer -Consumers International(London)
  • Policy Officer –Lighting Europe(Brussels)

Research:

  • Lecturer and PhD -University of Groningen
  • Researcher -Institute for Peace Research and Security Policyat the University of Hamburg

Alumni Network Mitrany|We would also like to direct you to the IR Alumni Network or a survey they conducted amongst IR alumni.

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...


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Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

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As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

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The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

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Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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