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International Relations (MA)

About the programme

The one-year Master’s 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 different perspectives on security from a multidisciplinary and global angle.
  • Global Order in Historical Perspective examines the historical processes behind the evolution of the global order.
  • 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)
Humanities-based International Relations (5 EC) Thesis (15 EC)
Elective (10 EC)  

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.

A short introduction by the Programme Director

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In this video Programme Director Lindsay Black gives a short (4 min) introduction to the MA International Relations and its humanities-based approach. 

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."

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