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International Relations and Diplomacy (MSc)


Ready to challenge yourself? If you want to take your studies to the next level you could opt for some extracurricular activities.

Work field visits

A number of extracurricular activities, such as an excursion to European institutions and the NATO in Brussels, and visits to international organizations such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), as well as the Peace Palace in The Hague offer opportunities for MIRD students to meet practitioners from international organizations and from the diplomatic corps.


In the IRD programme, students have the opportunity of completing an internship at an international organisation or attending additional specialised courses. The programme’s internship co-ordinator can assist students in finding suitable positions, but the responsibility to find an organisation lies with the student. The programme is concluded with the writing of a master’s thesis on a topic in international relations, international organisation or diplomacy.

Study Association IRSA

The International Relations Study Association (IRSA) is the representative body for students in the MSc. International Relations and Diplomacy programme. Its elected representatives work closely with the faculty and educational committee to provide feedback and suggestions on how to further develop the program. In addition to this advisory role, IRSA representatives organize a range of extra-curricular activities, ranging from professional development and networking opportunities to social events enjoying life in The Hague. 

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