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Internationale Betrekkingen (60 EC)

Programma

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    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 choose two research seminars and a Capita fitting with your track, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of your specialization) and you will do a placement.

    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 choose two research seminars and a Capita fitting with your track, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of your track) and you will do a placement.

Programma-opties

  • European Integration (track)

    What does the future hold for the European Union? Are its founding ideals of peace and prosperity strong enough to overcome public distrust about further integration? Find out in this specialization.

  • East Asian Studies (track)

    How have some East Asian countries achieved such economic growth and global prominence in so little time? What are the global implications of the rise of East Asia? Find out in this specialization.

  • International Political Economy (track)

    Why is it fascinating coming to grips with the globalizing world economy? Why did the crash of the housing market in the US lead to a global financial crisis? Find out in this specialization.

  • International Security (track)

    How do actors relate to each other and their environment in terms of threats and vulnerabilities? How can conflicts be prevented or solved? How is violence organized? Find out in this specialization.

  • Geopolitics & Connectivity (track)

    In this master's track, students are stimulated to think critically about geopolitics by combining cutting-edge theoretical developments in the study of power, space, and connectivity.

  • International Relations and International Organization (track)

    What are the dominant issues in international relations? What effect does globalization have on state autonomy? Why is European integration so important? Find out in this specialization.

  • 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 (in your track) (10 EC)
Research Seminar 2 (10 EC)
Capita Selecta (in your track) (5 EC)
Master's Placement (10 EC)
Master's Thesis (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.

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

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief
Waarom in Groningen?
  • Choice between six tracks
  • Career-oriented placement
  • A research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff
  • Independent and innovative research
  • Provides an excellent preparation for a variety of position related to the broad field of International Relations
  • Choice between six tracks
  • Career-oriented placement
  • A research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff
  • Independent and innovative research
  • Provides an excellent preparation for a variety of position related to the broad field of International Relations

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.

In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.

In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.

  • Testimonial van Rishi Raithatha

    Internship at the Centre for European Security Studies (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 SSR (Security Sector Reform)..

    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 also 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 chose to focus on Middle and Eastern Europe

    Hi future Master students! My name is Laura Wieseman (23) and in September 2013 I started the Master's track International Relations and International Organization (IRIO), and I chose to focus on Middle and Eastern Europe. This 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 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.

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    – Master's Student Paul Haseloop
  • 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.

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    – Master's Student Iris Staalman
  • Testimonial van Quirien van Straelen

    Placement at the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone

    I choose to do a placement 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.

    Personally I wanted to find out if I was equipped to working and living in a developing country, which is why I ended up in Sierra Leone. The mayor lesson I learned was that you are the only person who can create the circumstances wherein your internship will be rewarding.

    Diversity can be difficult; I attended a workshop with all our program officers; when asked who believed it wasn’t possible for a women to be raped within marriage, half of the participants raised their hands. And this is just one example of the cultural differences that I faced. But it was also amazing to be living in an entirely different country and culture, working in such a diverse environment and learning that I could actually be an asset to an organization. I learned so much from the people I met, both through work and personally. Read more

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    – Quirien van Straelen
  • Testimonial van Sanne Roefs

    I wrote my thesis on visual securitization

    After gaining my Bachelor's degree in International Relations in Groningen, I decided to continue on to the Master's degree programme in International Relations at the same University. I was really interested in the programme, which includes two research seminars that students can choose themselves, as well as the option of doing a placement.

    During my Master’s programme, I’ve focused on international security issues, as well as Dutch foreign policy. This combination enabled me to do a placement in the policy department of the Dutch embassy in Rome, in the Politics & Press cluster. This instructive and exciting placement allowed me to apply in practice the knowledge I acquired in both my Bachelor’s and my Master’s programmes in International Relations.

    The expertise present in the Groningen degree programme, in terms of national as well as international security studies, was very helpful during the process of writing my Master’s thesis.  I wrote my thesis on ‘visual securitization’, the way images can be used to define something as an existential threat. I’ve never regretted choosing Groningen to study for my Master’s in International Relations with a track in International Security. The combination of content-rich, small-scale research seminars and the opportunity to apply the knowledge I’ve acquired during a placement was exactly what I was looking for.

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    – Sanne Roefs
  • Testimonial van Annemarie Steenhuis

    Junior Consultant at Hiemstra & de Vries

    My interest in social and political issues led me to pursue the track 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.

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    – Annemarie Steenhuis
  • 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 track 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
  • Testimonial van Nadira Irdiana

    Child Protection Officer at UNICEF Indonesia

    I have always been interested in international relations, since I was exposed to people from various backgrounds from a young age. When I was 17, I was chosen to study as an exchange student in the USA for one year. There, I was involved in events in the fields of international politics and development. While discussing various topics with people from all over the world, I realized that if we want to solve the world's problems, we have to act together.

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    – Nadira Irdiana
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