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International Relations (Political Science)


International Relations studies the relations between, beyond and across states. As such it is engaged with world affairs and tries to theorise the complex phenomenon of global politics. It goes beyond the exclusive domain of nation states and includes non-state actors such as (social) movements, corporations, and advocacy groups. International Relations increasingly tries to include the challenges of today’s world such as human development, terrorism, (gender) inequality, and climate change.

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Do you want to know more about International Relations? You can visit our online open day page any time to delve into this study programme. Watch videos, talk to students and deepen your knowledge. Or sign up for an online event or open day.

Study programme

The programme is intensive and rigorous. You are expected to develop the capacity to work independently and in group settings.

After graduation

International Relations exposes students to a broad palette of theoretical and empirical work, and trains students to develop their own original, useful, and empirically sophisticated research relevant to scholarship and policy.

Is International Relations for you?

We provide a distinctive programme that is:

  1. Comprehensive in its coverage of themes and world regions. We offer multiple courses relating to peace and security, international political economy, human rights, migration and, global environmental issues, among many others. Our courses cover all world regions and/or relations between regions.
  2. Based in 21st Century IR: our programme is distinguished by its emphasis on transnational processes and institutions. It draws on interdisciplinary insights and is committed to a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches within the discipline of International Relations.
  3. Research-led: our large international teaching staff consists of committed researchers who draw on their own work to teach how to do empirical research and develop theoretical insight. The programme explicitly reflects on the relation between academic work and political practice and includes courses co-taught by academic staff and policymakers. 

Would you like to better understand the rapidly changing character of global politics? Then International might be the right programme for you.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Political Science
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66606
Location Roeterseiland campus