MSSc International and European Relations, 120 credits

International and European Relations

The programme approaches issues related to European relations in the context of an international society and global governance. It is suitable for students with a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with a special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs.

International and European Relations, Master´s Programme

Autumn 2017, Full time 100%, Linköping, Campus Valla

Students will be equipped with the skills necessary to face the challenges of an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general field of international and European relations. The programme is divided into four components, each equivalent to one term:

  • International relations
  • European relations
  • International governance/Guided internship
  • Master’s thesis.

The curriculum consists of topics ranging from international law and security, to European institutions and Europe’s external relations, theories of international relations and organisation, foreign policy analysis, contemporary issues of international governance, and research design and methodology. During the third term, students have the option of either taking courses with a general focus on international and global governance, or to pursue a guided internship with an organisation of relevance for international or European relations.

By the end of the programme students will have developed an independent critical approach to complex global, and specifically European, issues. Furthermore, students will gain the skills and knowledge to contribute actively to important developments, either as practitioners or as researchers. Students will also be able to:

  • Understand the history, theory and contemporary implications of international and European relations, as well as the forces that drive developments
  • Acquire the tools to reflect upon and analyse the dynamics of contemporary international and European relations
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of issues regarding international governance and their significance
  • Independently design a research question, conduct inquiries and then report on scientific matters within international and European relations.

The programme staff are engaged in research concerning international theory and the development of international norms and institutions, European security and foreign relations, regional development, political economy, federalism, policy analysis and political theory.

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Oliver St John

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The programme prepares students for a professional career in governmental institutions and in international public organisations, as well as in the private and non-governmental sectors. Graduates from the programme can be found today in such institutions, working with various aspects from running policy programmes to scientific research. The courses also provide a solid foundation for further studies and research within European and international studies.