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 2018, Full time 100%, Linköping

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, European politics, regional development, political economy, e-governance, migration and diaspora studies, policy analysis and political theory.

Syllabus and course details

A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition fees can be found by selecting the plus sign at the top of the page. 

Career opportunities

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.

Learning environment

Meet Per Jansson, Director of studies

Per Jansson is the director of studies and coordinator of the master’s programme International and European Relations. He is a senior lecturer in Political Sciences, specialised in International Relations and currently researching international institutions. His particular area of interest is international arbitration from a historical perspective. 

Jansson has been director of studies for this master’s programme since 2008 and it has been “challenging but also great fun,” he says. Being director of studies involves various types of work, from teaching to organising the programme and advising students. “One of the most exciting parts is that there are so many things you have to do. You deal with everything from formal things like presenting the budget and setting up course plans, to social aspects. You get into close contact with a lot of young people from all over the world and they need advice on all kinds of things. I’ve been informing students on how the Swedish health care system works, for example,” says Jansson.

Focus on international relations

The master’s programme has been running since 2001, based on the idea of combining two themes. “There are a lot of International Relations programmes out there, there are a lot of European studies or European politics or European relations programmes but we do international relations and European relations in one curriculum,” Jansson explains more about the programme.


The master’s programme is suitable both for students who want to pursue an academic career and for students who want to start working in different settings soon after graduation. “From the professional point of view, I think the programme is focused more on professional settings rather than particular professional roles. Broadly we are talking about international organisations which can be governmental, non-governmental, within the voluntary sector or private businesses and alike.”
When it comes to future development, the programme will continue improving constantly. “What we need to do is not to settle down,” says Jansson. “We need to keep developing the academic content, to keep reviewing the ideas and priorities, to develop the professional skills aspect.”

Per Jansson

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