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International Relations and International Organization

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 can select from specialized capita and research seminars in four essential areas of IR: International Security, International Political Economy, European Integration, and Global Governance. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis 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 can select from specialized capita and research seminars in four essential areas of IR: International Security, International Political Economy, European Integration, and Global Governance. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis 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 Programme (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: EI, IPE, IS or GG (5 EC, facultatief)
Master's Placement (10 EC)
Master's thesis IRIO (20 EC)

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 are: 'Europe and China', 'Culture, Identity, Development, Conflict', 'European Cooperation and Integration', and 'Power Configurations in World 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

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 are: 'Europe and China', 'Culture, Identity, Development, Conflict', 'European Cooperation and Integration', and 'Power Configurations in World 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

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief

It is optional to do a master placement abroad.

Waarom in Groningen?

The Master's track IRIO offers: (a) flexibility in the selection of courses, enabling students to design a study programme tailored to their needs and interests; (b) a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff; (c) reserves room for a career-oriented placement that excellently prepares graduates for the labour market and (d) provides an excellent preparation for a variety of positions related to the broad field of international relations.

The Master's track IRIO offers: (a) flexibility in the selection of courses, enabling students to design a study programme tailored to their needs and interests; (b) a research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff; (c) reserves room for a career-oriented placement that excellently prepares graduates for the labour market and (d) provides an excellent preparation for a variety of positions related to the broad field of international relations.

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 Rishi Raithatha

    Internship at the Centre for European Security Studies Groningen (CESS)

    The experience of doing a placement demonstrated my ability to adapt to different demands and environments, and produce quality output even when under pressure. In addition to this, I was able to learn more about the intellectual element of CESS itself – namely Security Sector Reform (SSR)..

    By also being able to visit these countries, I was further inundated with some of the security challenges faced by the surrounding regions and what measures were being taken to alleviate the issues. The internship allowed me to explore a different strand of an area of familiarity (Burundi), ultimately assisting my thesis-writing process. On a side note, during the internship itself, a letter I submitted to The Economist (on what constituted a “state”, whilst mentioning Burundi) was published on their website and in that week’s print edition.

    Without a doubt, I enjoyed traveling abroad to two different countries and representing CESS at two High-Level events. It gave me an unparalleled insight into the lifestyle of a “high-flyer”, proven by my having to work on the train to Schiphol and even on the aircraft itself! But aside from the trips, I enjoyed working as part of an accepted member of a close-knit group of people. This allowed me to contribute constructively to the teams ideas and objectives. Read more

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    – Rishi Raithatha
  • Testimonial van Student Laura Wieseman

    I like the focus on preparing students for the labour market

    Hi future Master students! My name is Laura Wieseman (23) and in September 2013 I started the Master International Relations: track International Relations and International Organization (IRIO), and I chose to focus on Middle and Eastern Europe. This Master's track has given me the opportunity to concentrate on a very dynamic and interesting region of Europe. What I like the most is its small scale, the personal contact between students and lecturers, and the focus on preparing students for the labour market.

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    – Student Laura Wieseman
  • Testimonial van Quirien van Straelen

    Placement at the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone

    I choose to do an internship in support of the Transition Support Team (TST) of the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone. My task was to support the TST in the daily management of the Transition Initiative Fund (TIF). The main objective of the Transition Initiative Fund (TIF) is to support the implementation of the Local Government Act (2004) and in particular build the capacity of the Local Councils to deliver their broad mandate of decentralized service delivery.

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    – Quirien van Straelen
  • Testimonial van Gloria Dede

    Junior Policy Officer at the Dutch House of Representatives

    I work as a junior policy officer for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands. I support different MPs in the areas of development aid and foreign affairs. I like the fact that I work on current issues that you hear in the news and get to meet interesting people with various different jobs. I also like the fact that development aid is the main focus of my work, as it was during my studies.

    I chose the Master’s track in International Relations and International Organization because it offered a good combination of international relations and politics, as well as paying plenty of attention to development aid, which I am very interested in. Furthermore, the programme covers very diverse topics, and it is very useful to be able to learn another language alongside English. 

    During the track I learned most from my placement, which taught me how to put the theory into practice. I also learned practical skills like writing reports, which I still use in my current job. 

    I hope to continue working in development aid, maybe at a non-governmental organization. I also hope to work abroad for a while.

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    – Gloria Dede
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