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Master's Degree in World Politics and International Relations

University of Pavia
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Master's Degree in World Politics and International Relations

The two-year Master degree in World Politics and International Relations is designed to help you analyse the major issues arising out of these processes. Whether you are aiming at a career in national or international public services, in NGOs or in the private sector, you need a multidisciplinary approach to grasp the key issues, the overall trend, and the way the basic dimensions are related. Specific courses include: Comparative Politics, Economic Models of Politics, Comparative History of Government, International Relations, History of International Relations, History of Diplomacy, Human Rights and International Justice, Regional Integration, Ethics and International Relations.

In addition to these courses, students are offered choices among language courses, internships and professional training. Non-Italian students are offered basic and intermediary courses of Italian as a second language. Most of the teaching is interactive, taking the form of seminars involving student participation, presentations and discussions. Some courses involve the participation of outside speakers, practitioners and visiting professors from abroad.

Application Deadlines

Prospective students wishing to enroll in the degree program in October 2021 should apply by one of the following deadlines:

  1. First deadline: 15 January 2021, at 23.59 Italian time;
  2. Second deadline: 28 February 2021, at 23.59 Italian time; 
  3. Third deadline: 15 April 2021, at 23.59 Italian time;
  4. Fourth deadline: 31 May 2021, at 23.59 Italian time.
  5. Extra deadline:15 June 2021, at 23.59 Italian time.

Non-EU applicants must apply by the June deadline at the least. Italians, Italian permit of stay holders and other EU applicants may apply at any one of the five deadlines.

Non-EU applicants are advised to apply earlier rather than later, given the time needed to obtain a study visa and the competitive nature of the application process. Non-EU applicants applying to the degree program in May or June should consider beginning their visa application (at the Italian Embassy) beforehand, or simultaneously. The deadline for visa applications is usually right after mid-July. For more precise information, we strongly advise applicants to contact the Italian Embassy in their own country as soon as possible.

All applicants will be interviewed shortly after the relevant application deadline, either in person (in Pavia) or by Skype. In the latter case, interviews must use the video as well as the audio facility.

The interview is an integral part of the selection procedure and will include questions designed to assess applicants’ analytical, argumentative, and critical abilities. The interview will not normally presuppose specialist knowledge in particular disciplines.

The admissions committee will inform all applicants by email of the outcome of the application procedure. Successful applicants will then be supplied with further information about the enrollment process.

Please note that applications for the academic year 2021/2022 are now open.

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Admission requirements

In order to apply to this program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. A first level (at least three-year) degree covering one or more of the humanities or social sciences and including at least 36 credits (ECTS or international equivalent) in one or more of the following areas: demography, economics (not including business studies) and statistics; modern or contemporary history; political studies; public, private or international law; sociology.
  2. Proficiency in the English language at the level of the European standard C1. Candidates are strongly advised (though not on pain of exclusion) to submit an English language certificate.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees at UNIPAVIA vary based on the student’s family income and country of origin and range from 156 to 3,187 EUR.
Scholarship, fees reduction and other benefits are offered to students on merit criteria and family income by Edisu, a dedicated government agency.  


Upon completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a Master's Degree in World Politics and International Relations. 

Career opportunities

Given its interdisciplinary and comparative nature, the Laurea Magistralis in World Politics and International Relations provides students with a broad perspective on current global issues, an understanding of the genesis and the evolution of major international changes, and an ability to recognize and evaluate their theoretical and practical outcomes. This broad-based training in international affairs offers a solid basis for careers in national diplomatic services, in International Governmental Organizations (including European organizations), and in NGOs, as well as positions for analysts and consultants in internationally oriented private and public companies, public administrations, and research institutes. It also offers the basis for continued university studies at the Ph.D. level.

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About this institute

University of Pavia

Founded in 1361, the University of Pavia (UNIPV) is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. The University of Pavia features in a number of international rankings: Unipv is particularly competitive in the fields of Humanities, Engineering, Pharmacy, Life Science...

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Why study at University of Pavia

About Pavia

The city of Pavia is located in northern Italy, around 30km south of Milan (20-30 minutes by train) within easy reach of the Swiss border, Como and the lakes as well as Genoa and the Ligurian coast. Founded in Roman times with the name of Ticinum its city centre is a maze of narrow streets, ancient churches, elegant buildings and many fascinating corners all coming alive day and night with students enjoying their favorite meeting points.

Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Students who can enjoy sport activities, at the University Sports Centre (CUS) which offers a wide range of courses, championships and tournaments.


Tuition fees at UNIPV vary based on the student’s family income and country of origin and range from 150 to 4400 Euro. Scholarship, fees reduction and other benefits are offered to students on merit criteria and family income by Edisu a dedicated government agency.

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University of Pavia

Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia

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