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International Relations and Diplomacy (MSc)

Career prospects

The MSc IRD prepares you specifically for a career in international diplomacy, international government and non-governmental organisations, national or international public administration, ‘think tanks’ and research institutions, international interest associations or international business.

Skills after graduation

In view of the range of courses the students attend, their analytical and research skills, possible internship experience, master’s thesis, and contact with experts in relevant fields, graduates of this programme possess a high level of academic education and preparation for relevant positions in international organisations, international politics, and diplomacy. The programme also aims to prepare students for possible continued academic training within the framework of a doctoral programme.

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Jeffrey Schryvers


Jeffrey Schryvers

"The MIRD programme is intensive and challenging, but also very rewarding. It manages to find a good balance between theory and practice."

“As a graduate, I feel that I do not only have a thorough understanding of IR as an academic study, but also its application in today’s international politics. The involvement of the Clingendael Institute has been particularly helpful in this regard, as it provides a direct link to practitioners, who do not only manage to inspire by sharing their experience in the field, but also help by sharing their vast network. This last point ties directly to the greatest asset of the MIRD programme: its ability to give you a running start in a highly competitive job market. The faculty’s focus, from day one, is on making you aware of the ways in which you can develop toward a career in your chosen field. Aside from the lecturers, there is staff dedicated to helping you find an internship and supporting you however they can in order to ensure you leave the program with practical experience. Personally, it was this experience that helped me find my own passion within IR, namely international negotiation and mediation.”

Positions held by our alumni

Graduates of the MSc in IRD currently hold a variety of managerial and consultancy positions  within diplomatic and international relations organisations such as national and international  ministries, as well as private organisations.

Some of these include:

  • The European Stability Mechanism
  • The European Parliament
  • PwC
  • Accenture
  • Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands
  • Universitat Leiden
  • Cordaid
  • IBM

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