In an increasingly interconnected, globalized, and complex world, where the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation is ever growing, the demand for experts in the field of international relations and diplomacy is constantly rising. Research students will be encouraged to explore and engage with theories, issues, and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy, and international relations. The programme is especially relevant for applicants thinking about, or currently working in, diplomacy, international NGOs, and international policy and politics.
The Master’s by research programme offered by IBS allows you to pursue your own theories and ideas and contribute to research in your field. The emphasis of our Master’s by research programme is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.
IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. For a list of IBS faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this programme, please refer to the list below. (N.B. The list is not a comprehensive register of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programmes or faculty members without full supervisory privileges may request approval to supervise graduate students in this programme.)
The programme does not offer systematic instruction to international affairs and diplomacy; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.
During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.
Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.
Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.