International Relations, Master

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Organisation of the master of International Relations

The four-semester programme (120 ECTS) is organised as follows:

  • The first semester (September 1st until mid-January) (to be updated)

  • The second semester (February 1st until mid-June) (to be updated)

  • The third semester (September to late January) involves an internship in an international organisation (to be updated)

  • The fourth semester (February 1st until mid-June ) is focused on the Master's Thesis. It consists of independent research work of about 80-100 pages with an in-depth study of a problem-area within the field of International Relations. The writing of a Master’s Thesis should be done in 4-5 months. 

  ECTS credits
1st semester  
Research design and project work 10
International Politics and diplomacy 10
Electives/profile modul 10
2nd semester  
Sustainability, global governance, project management 10
Project module 10
Electives/profile module 10
3rd semester  
Project oriented course, Internship or Study Period Abroad 25
Thesis preparation 5
4th semester  
Master's Thesis


The program offers three different profiles: EU studies, Global Gender Studies or Global China Studies. You can also follow the program without choosing a profile. You can find more information below.


Full degree students begin 1 September.

Guest/exchange students begin 1 September or 1 February.

In the Project Library you can find projects written by the students

The curriculum of International Relations (2022) - The new curriculum is being approved - as soon as it is ready it will be posted here on the website for your information.


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    1. EU Studies

    EU Studies

    The European Union (EU) is not only one of the main players on the international scene, but also the most important economic and political frame for the 27 EU Member States. With the two EU elective courses you will acquire: 1) an in-depth understanding of the EU, ranging from its legal and decision-making system to its institutions and interactions with its engagement with civil society (Course on EU-Polity & Politics, 7th semester) and 2) a comprehensive knowledge of the Union’s different internal and external policies and how to approach and analyze these (Course on EU Policy, 8th semester). In addition, you will be able to do your internship and write your master’s thesis within an EU-related area (broadly understood). This will provide you with specific competences, skills and a profile that can make the difference when looking for a job after graduation.


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    2. Global Gender Studies

    Global gender studies

    Global Gender Studies will provide students with knowledge about and insight into the area of gender and global studies and will include discussions of specific cases and case studies in which gender and struggles for equality and social justice can be understood from local, regional and global perspectives (including in the context of institutions such as the EU and the UN). Specific emphasis will be placed on the history of gender and equality policies within the fields of development and international relations, on possibilities and limitations of international law and human rights, and on analyses of gender and equality policies in various contexts and parts of the world.

    Students will also be introduced to gender perspectives on global governance and global democracy. Global governance signals a particular interest in the management of transnational issues by international organizations, other non-state actors and sovereign states with a particular focus on informal processes and activities of governing. Contemporary challenges to global governance include amongst others democratic problems of legitimacy, authority and accountability as well as trends towards increased nationalism, populism and de-democratization. Gender perspectives upon global governance will here be discussed from 'top-down', 'bottom-up' and transnational perspectives.

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    3. Global China Studies

    global China Studies

    Global China Studies will provide students with a complex understanding of the role China plays in today’s globalized world. You will be introduced to both Chinese and Western perspectives on China’s rise and its implications for global governance from both national and transnational vantage points. Focus will be on political, economic and cultural aspects of China’s engagement with the world, and will include themes such as:

    • Chinese self-perception, Chinese perceptions of international relations and global perceptions of China
    • China’s political system with a specific focus on Chinese foreign policy
    • China’s position in the current international world order and China’s engagement with international institutions
    • China’s role in the global economy and international business
    • China’s relationship with specific countries or regions, i.e. the EU, the United States of America, Africa and China’s East Asian neighbours. 
    • People-to-people contact and the role of non-state actors in China’s international engagement