Degree programs

Please note that from September 2020, all our programs for incoming and continuing students will take place at our Vienna campus.

The department currently offers three degree programs, a one-year Master of Arts in International Relations, a two-year Master of Arts program in International relations, 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.

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.