Within the one-year Master's degree in International Relations, you choose one of the following six Master's specializations:
- International Security: its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context. - International Political Economy: it focuses on the interaction between states, markets and societies. Its primary aim is to increase our understanding of the dynamics of these three building blocks. - European Integration: it explores the history, theory and policies of the European Union and her member states. - Global Governance: it seeks to understand the role of international organizations in global politics from a world society perspective. - International Relations and International Organization: combines and explores all four areas mentioned above. - East Asian Studies: it focuses on the political economy of contemporary East Asia, in particular the political economies of China, Japan and Korea. (This specialization only starts in September!)
Why in Groningen?
- Choice between five specialisations - Career-oriented internship - A research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff - Independent and innovative research - Provides an excellent preparation for a variety of position related to the broad field of International Relations
The Master's specialization is broad in scope and gives students a solid foundation in international relations. There is consequently a wide range of employment opportunities for International Relations graduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but you could also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer. You can work in international business, non-profit or government organizations, in the media, and at a university or a private research institute.
Research International Relations
Research conducted within the Department of International Relations and International Organization takes mostly place within the context of one of the four other specializations: Global Governance, International Security, European Integration and International Political Economy. We kindly direct you to those sites to get an impression of the research activities of the Department. In addition, you are invited to click on the link below to access an article published by staff of the Department.
Students with either a university Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented university Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History are eligible to apply.