Degree programs

The department currently offers four degree programs, a one-year Master of Arts in International Relations, a two-year Master of Arts program in International relations, a one-year Master of Arts in Global Economic relations - offered jointly with the Economics Department, and the International Relations track of the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science.

MA in International Relations (1 year)

This program provides students with a foundation in international relations, as well as exposure to questions relating to the study of international security and the global economy. International relations training is combined with regional expertise in the study of the European Union, East Asia, the Middle East, and the post-Soviet space. The program offers an innovative, dynamic learning environment with small class sizes and an interdisciplinary curriculum.

MA in International Relations (2 years)

The program shares the main characteristics of the one-year program but is intended for students who have graduated from a three-year undergraduate program and would like to proceed with their studies more thoroughly, possibly with a view of a preparing themselves for a doctoral degree. The two-year MA Program in International Relations combines rigorous theoretical and methodological academic training in international relations with area expertise.

MA in Global Economic Relations (1 year)

This joint program with the Department of Economics integrates training in international relations with economics. It provides students with the knowledge and analytical skills to prepare and evaluate economic policies and strategic decision-making in a global setting. This program is fee-based only.

This innovative and interdisciplinary program integrates training in international relations and economics. The program focuses on deepening theoretical understanding and enhancing students’ skills and knowledge in data analysis, global politics, and global economic affairs.

The program is designed to provide young professionals and practitioners with an ‘upgrade of skills’ with a strong focus on theoretical application and data analysis. It is offered in a flexible format: full-time (1 year), part-time (2 years), and modular (3 years).


Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations track.

The International Relations track reflects the existing traditions of IR scholarship in North America, the UK, and Western Europe especially. The department offers concentrations in, and faculty expertise on, Security Studies, International Political Economy and political and IR theory.

The track provides students with a variety of methodological tools and a deep grounding in disciplinary concepts and theories in order to enable them to both explain and understand the material and textual, social and technical factors that account for continuity and change in world politics.

Although therefore necessarily global in its outlook, the track has particular geographical expertise in Europe (eastern and western), Central Asia, MENA, and it is building up its expertise in South East Asia. Epistemologically and methodologically, the track draws upon both positivist and non-positivist approaches, with a concomitant commitment to pursuing traditional and critical scholarship.