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International Relations (MA)

About the programme

The one-year master in International Relations offers an exciting and challenging mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

The programme offers five specialisations:

  • Culture and Politics considers critical perspectives on culture as an inextricable part of global politics. 
  • In European Union Studies we offer the only general MA-level study of the European Union in the Netherlands. It is an interdisciplinary programme in which you will concentrate on issues that make up the core concern of European integration.
  • Global Conflict in the Modern Era investigates the different perspectives on security from a multidisciplinary and global angle.
  • Global Order in Historical Perspective examines the social construction and the normative system created in the pursuit of global justice in a variety of areas. 
  • Global Political Economy engages with the governance, structure, history and development of the global economy from a variety of theoretical standpoints and competing disciplinary and regional perspectives. 

Programme structure

All specialisations (except European Union Studies) follow the same format:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Core course for your specialisation (10 EC) Regionalism in World Politics (5 EC)
Preparatory course for your thesis (5 EC) Elective (10 EC)
Ideas in World Politics (5 EC) Thesis (15 EC)
Elective (10 EC)  

Preparatory course and MA thesis
The preparatory course introduces you to core conceptual, methodological and theoretical issues you meet when you initiate, research, and write your MA thesis. In addition, a series of seminars will enable you to discuss specific issues related to International Relations. Your thesis is supposed to be based on original research that speaks to the core themes of the MA International Relations.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study
  • Internship (optional)
  • Thesis
  • Exams
  • Peer feedback and assessment
  • Essays, reports and final thesis
  • Oral presentations

The acquisition of advanced academic skills in the interpretation of texts and the analysis of complex conceptual problems, as well as the ability to independently conduct high-quality scientific research are key goals of the programme.

Eugenios Cusumano

University Lecturer

Eugenios Cusumano

“As a multidisciplinary programme, the Master's in International Relations offers an ideal environment to study phenomena that challenge traditional, state-centric understandings of international relations such as the increasing role of non-state actors in international security.“

Detailed programme

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus of the specialisation of your interest. Please note that the programme in the Prospectus shows the content of the current academic year.

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