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International Political Economy

Programma

  • 1 jaar

    This track within the Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic element is the module Advanced Theory of International Relations. This module must be followed by all students. You choose two research seminars (at least one of which in IPE) and you will follow a Capita IPE, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of IPE) and you will do a placement.

    This track within the Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic element is the module Advanced Theory of International Relations. This module must be followed by all students. You choose two research seminars (at least one of which in IPE) and you will follow a Capita IPE, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of IPE) and you will do a placement.

Programma-opties

  • Master's placement (specialisatie)

    A placement is a recognised component of this Master's track.

    You can propose yourself at what organisation you would like to do a placement and where necessary the programme can advise you. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

  • Master's Honours College (honoursprogramma)

    The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

    It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Advanced Theory of International Relations (5 EC)
Research Seminar 1 (10 EC)
Research Seminar 2 (10 EC)
Capita International Political Economy (5 EC)
Master's Placement (10 EC)
Master's Thesis International Political Economy (20 EC)

Because the programme starts in September as well as in February, all courses are offered both in the first and in the second semester.

Examples of Research Seminars International Political Economy are: 'Multinationals', 'Europe and China', 'Ethics in International Politics'. The topics of the research seminars differ every year, so these are merely examples.

For course descriptions, please visit the Online Course Catalogue: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-international-relations (please scroll down for International Political Economy)

Because the track starts in September as well as in February, all courses are offered both in the first and in the second semester.

Examples of Research Seminars International Political Economy are: 'Multinationals', 'Europe and China', 'Ethics in International Politics'. The topics of the research seminars differ every year, so these are merely examples.

For course descriptions, please visit the Online Course Catalogue: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-international-relations (please scroll down for International Political Economy)

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
Waarom in Groningen?

The master's track IPE:

  • Enables to design a study programme tailored to your needs and interests.
  • Offers a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by committed staff.
  • Includes a placement that excellently prepares for the labour market.
  • Provides you with a research-oriented profile which makes you fit for participation in a Research Master and/or a PhD track.
  • Is embedded in a university that provides a genuine international environment in the sparkling city of Groningen.

The track IPE:

  • Enables to design a study programme tailored to your needs and interests.
  • Offers a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by committed staff.
  • Includes a placement that excellently prepares for the labour market.
  • Provides you with a research-oriented profile which makes you fit for participation in a Research Master and/or a PhD track.
  • Is embedded in a university that provides a genuine international environment in the sparkling city of Groningen.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

  • Testimonial van Master's Student Iris Staalman

    The programme forces you to critically think about the role the economy plays in international as well as local politics

    My name is Iris Staalman and I study International Relations with a Master's track in International Political Economy (IPE). I previously obtained my bachelor in Psychology, with a focus on social and cultural psychology. Curiously I was never very interested in politics when I was younger. During my bachelor however, I went on exchange to Uppsala, Sweden, and took a course in development theory and colonial legacy. Here my interest grew, particularly concerning colonial history and its effects on international politics today. Career-wise I am looking to play a role in the development of the African continent, through improving the international trade relations of its countries.

    The IR master is a good programme for those with strong opinions as well as those who are still looking for their voice. Debate is constantly present in our classes and in the discipline in general. The programme highlights many different perspectives, none of which you necessarily need to agree with. This is one of the things I enjoy most in our programme, because I believe interacting with different opinions can teach you a lot more than only encountering similar-mindedness.

    Why International Political Economy?

    Due to my previous education it was necessary for me to follow the pre-master programme before starting the masters. Initially I had intended to specialise in International Security, but during the pre-masters it became clear to me that if I wanted to focus on development in ways other than foreign aid, I needed to look at international trade. Therefore I decided to specialise in IPE. This track does not merely teach you about the economic system that is in place, it also shows the various perspectives on IPE that are present, it questions the morality of it and forces you to critically think about the role the economy plays in international as well as local politics.

    Sluiten
    – Master's Student Iris Staalman
  • Testimonial van Master's Student Paul Haseloop

    In the future I hope to spend my time working for a cause that will make the world a better place

    My name is Paul Haseloop, and currently I study International Political Economy (IPE). Previously, I did the bachelor International Relations and International Organization in Groningen, with minors in intelligence studies, religious studies and Dutch public administration. IPE offers me unique perspectives on issues such as, for example, international cooperation, trade relations, and the power of multinational corporations in shaping international policy. In addition, it helps me in analyzing the interplay between politics and economics, and the effect this has on societies, markets and states.

    Why International Relations?

    IPE in Groningen can be seen as a track within the master International Relations. The advanced course on IR theory contributes not only to knowledge on IR, but also helps in discussing problems found in international political economy. This connectedness of IPE and IR, in combination with the internship possibilities the UG offers, convinced me to sign up for this master. As a part of the master, I will do an internship at the Dutch embassy in Helsinki, which will definitely be an amazing experience.

    In the future I will hope to spend my time working for a cause that will make the world a better place, using the skills I have acquired during my time in Groningen.

    Sluiten
    – Master's Student Paul Haseloop
  • Testimonial van Annemarie Steenhuis

    Junior Consultant at Hiemstra & de Vries

    My interest in social and political issues led me to pursue the specialization International Political Economy of the Master International Relations. Specifically, the role of a changing government in its interaction with society and the private sector is something that fascinates me. This has been a focus during my studies at global and European levels. It is also something I find back in my work. This time at the local level.

    An advantage of the Master's track in International Political Economy is that you can put together your own programme. The programme is interdisciplinary, which has taught me to approach issues from a legal, political and economic angle. You learn in a relatively short time to find your feet in all sorts of topics. In my case ranging from the European Union to international political economy, political power and democracy. You also have the opportunity to gain practical experience. I did an internship at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok. Working at an Embassy gave me insight into the daily issues in international affairs and the role of various players in the field.

    I currently work at Hiemstra & De Vries. This is a consultancy agency that carries out assignments in the public sector. Mostly, for municipalities and provinces, but also for health-care and educational organizations. This year, I was involved in projects with quite a diverse character. Ranging from projects with a retrenchment character to projects assisting governmental organizations with the transition of care to municipalities.

    I really enjoy this job. For me, the dynamic of different projects, focus on social and political issues, and being in contact with people, is a perfect combination.

    Sluiten
    – Annemarie Steenhuis
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