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International and European Relations

Course Description

Degree: Master of Social Science (120 credits) with a major in Political Science – orientation towards International and European Relations

Teaching language: English

This programme puts issues related to European relations within a context of international society and global governance. It is intended for those who have a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs.

Students on the International and European Relations programme are part of a study programme that has a long record of successful operation. You will be received by dedicated teaching staff, including specialist guest lecturers from other Swedish and European universities. Our mission is to provide academic training to equip students with the skill necessary to face the challenges encountered by young professionals working in complex institutional settings in an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market.

The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general fields of International and European relations. Graduates of the International and European Relations programme are found in governmental institutions and in international organisations in the public as well as the private and non-governmental sectors, putting their skills to work in a wide variety of functions, from the practical running of policy programs to scientific research.

The programme is divided into four components, each equivalent to one semester:

The History, Theory and Practice of International Relations
European Relations
International Governance
Master’s thesis

The curriculum consists of an array of topics, from international law and ethics to European institutions and Europe’s external relations, theories of international relations and organization, contemporary issues of international governance, and research design and methodology.

By the end of the programme students will have acquired an independent and critical approach to complex global and specifically European issues, and the skills and knowledge to enable them to contribute actively to important developments, either as practitioners or researchers.

Students will also

be able to understand, empirically and theoretically, the history, theory and contemporary implications of international and European relations, as well as the forces that drive developments;
have acquired the tools to reflect upon and analyse the dynamics of contemporary international and European relations;
have developed an in-depth understanding of the meaning and issues of international governance;
be equipped to independently design, conduct inquiries into and report on scientific issues in international and European relations.

Visit the International and European Relations page on the Linköping University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Free of charge for EU-citizens - 20+ Awards

Free of charge for EU-citizens

Value of Scholarship(s)

Free of charge for EU-citizens


Free of charge for EU-citizens

Application Procedure

Free of charge for EU-citizens

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with in-depth study of at least 90 credits, i.e. 3 semesters of full-time study in the major subject. The programme provides advanced level studies for students of political science, international relations, economics, history, geography, law, media studies, sociology and other social sciences - and for students with other disciplinary backgrounds who can demonstrate an ability to develop their potential in the subject area.Each applicant must enclose a Letter of Intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their degree thesis or project.Proof of skills in English.

Course Fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees. All others: 95,000 SEK (approx. USD14,000/10,400 Euro) per academic year.

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