Our International Relations programme provides you with insight into fundamental questions about war and peace, the global economy, but also about justice and identity throughout the world. It analyses interactions between states, international organizations, citizens and other non-state actors at local, national, and supranational levels. Examples of current affairs typical for studying international relations are Brexit, the threat of sanctions for Venezuela, influence and violence of IS, and refugee flows from Syria.
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.
Would you like to better understand the rapidly changing character of global politics? We provide a distinctive programme that is:
The programme is intensive and rigorous. You are expected to develop the capacity to work independently and in group settings. Students come to the programme from a wide range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. This diverse group is linked by a shared interest in developing their theoretical and research competences.
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. Graduates find careers spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors. For specific examples from alumni of the International Relations programme, see the webpage on career prospects.
The University of Amsterdam, a major research university, offers a Master’s programme taught by one of the highest ranking departments in continental Europe. The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of Amsterdam provides a vibrant and international academic community. The GSSS values diversity in both research and academic content, academic staff and the student population. The Master’s in International Relations:
For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences.
International Relations is a track of the accredited degree programme Political Science. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Political Science and the title Master of Science (MSc).
|Degree programme||MSc Political Science|
|Type||Regular study programme|
|Credits||60 ECTS, 12 months|
|Language of instruction||English|