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MA International Relations: Global Governance


Course Description

How effective are the United Nations? Can the European Union survive the wave of nationalism it is facing? Does the power of the IMF and the World Bank reach too far? Find out in this programme.

Global governance, a specialization of the master International Relations, seeks to understand the ways in which order is established, maintained and transformed in the global sphere. The study of global governance addresses the problem of how 'orders of governance' are constituted and operated in contemporary and historical settings. From this perspective, order is understood as the outcome of particular ways of managing, organizing and governing global political spaces which can no longer be understood in terms of the absence of an overarching authority (i.e. the idea of anarchy). It involves the interaction between interests expressed by governments and international institutions, as well as the role of non-state actors. Historical, constructivist, and poststructuralist methodologies, as well as multilevel governance approaches are applied to interpret the interplay between a broad array of dynamic public, private and transnational interests in creating order in the world.

Why in Groningen?

This Master's specialization Global Governance elaborates the IO-perspective offered in the BA- programme IRIO. The department has built explicit expertise in this field together with the world society perspective. Students are stimulated to study these approaches and to contribute to improved insight. The specialization also helps you to organize an internship at relevant organizations, which gives you a chance to experience the dynamics of organizations operating in an international context.

Job perspectives

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.

Visit the MA International Relations: Global Governance page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Fees

2017/2018 EU/EEA: €2006 (Full-time); non-EU/EEA: €14200 (Full-time)


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