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 2019, 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, diplomacy, 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.

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 the development of international norms and institutions, European foreign- and security policy, and the analysis of international power.

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.

Opportunities

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

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 show more function 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.

Alumni insights

Student testimonial:

Abisola - United Kingdom - Current student


'' I came here to broaden my experiences. And I sure have. I am very enthusiastic about politics and international relations and will work within the third sector, public relations or public affairs, to make a positive impact in the world.

Since my programme mixes international and European relations and includes an internship, I will be well prepared for the task. 


Meeting people from all over the world has boosted my interpersonal skills, and from day one I have been encouraged to improve myself and supported to enhance the expertise on my CV.


I came to Linköping to experience something completely different, and really recommend others to take this opportunity.''

Stories from the programme

Current and recently archived blogs from the programme

Portrait photograph of international student ambassador.

Sikander Islam

International and European Relations

I am a Pakistani Canadian doing my masters in International and European Relations at LiU. I have been here at LiU as an exchange student during my bachelors, and I loved it enough to come back to study here again.

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Blogger Keely Witherow

Keely Witherow

International and European Relations

Hey you guys! I came all the way from Texas to study International and European here at LiU, and so far I am loving it! Grab a little fika, get comfortable, and let me tell you all about my adventures as a student in Sweden!  

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Portrait photograph of international student ambassador Abisola Oyewole-Eletu.

Abisola Oyewole-Eletu

International and European Relations

Hello! My name is Abi and I am Nigerian-British girl on a journey to achieve an MSSc in International and European Relations. My interests not only include politics – but also all things fashion, travelling and of course... red lipstick. Join me on my life as a student in Linköping, Sweden.

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