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Comparative International Relations

Course Description

Since 2008 the University of Venice has offered an MSc (Master of Science/Laurea Magistrale) degree in "Relazioni Internazionali Comparate – International Relations" (LM52 – International relations). 

The MSc programme involves two years of full-time study, covering a wide spectrum of fields in International Relations. It is designed for students with different academic backgrounds such as history, international law, political sciences, languages and related disciplines.

The curriculum

Students can choose from five study plans comprising specific groups of related elective courses focusing on specific themes or geographic areas:

Europe-East Asia.
Inter-Mediterranean Relations
Transatlantic Relations
Eastern Europe
Development policies

The final project

The programme culminates with a final project. Students will work intensively on a topic of their choice while attending regular meetings with their project supervisor. These projects frequently lead to a PhD career.

Applying for the programme

To enter the programme applicants need to have the equivalent to a three-year Italian undergraduate degree (Laurea) such as a BSc degree, with a sound knowledge of key issues in history, international law, and economics.

Further requirements include certified knowledge of English at B2 level in addition to basic knowledge (B1 level) of one of the following languages: French, Russian, or Spanish.

When and how to apply

Classes start in September. You are advised to apply as early as possible. Applications are to be made directly to the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. For full details visit the How to apply webpage (http://www.unive.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=157698), or contact the Head of Study ().

Graduate careers

Students with an MSc in International Relations benefit from a skill set enhancing their employment prospects in international organizations, NGOs, private firms operating in international markets, national and local public administrations, consular posts, and institutes and agencies involved in studying international affairs and/or defining, implementing and monitoring international cooperation plans.

Graduates interested in honing their research skills may join PhD programmes in subjects related to international relations.

Visit the Comparative International Relations page on the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a foreign degree equivalent to a three-year Bachelor’s degree or higher, and be proficient in English.

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