International Relations, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
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Do you want to understand and analyze international relations today in terms of diplomacy, development and environmental sustainability? This International Relations program at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) provides the opportunity to adapt to the new global reality.


What can you use this qualification for?

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) Graduates may compete for jobs within civil administration, international organizations, research and education institutions, and within private sector working in international environments. This program is currently the only Masters degree in International Relations offered at a Norwegian university.

What will you learn?

Graduates gain an in-depth understanding of the political nature of why and how bilateral and multilateral institutions promote certain development policies, both spatially and temporally.
The program increases the practical understanding of international interactions through placement schemes, both at organizations and at other universities, particularly universities abroad utilizing the existing exchange agreements.

Short description

The program is of 2-year duration. The first year consists mostly of compulsory courses and some elective courses. In the third semester, students are strongly encouraged to take a semester on exchange or to do an internship. Alternatively, elective courses can be taken at NMBU or other educational institutions. The master thesis of 30 ECTs is written in the fourth and final semester. Students attending the program typically represent around 20 nations from all continents, each year.

Programme Structure

Some courses

  • Introduction to M-IR
  • International Relations Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Global Political Economy
  • International Organizations
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan
  • Religion, Politics and Islam
  • Current topics in Security
  • Piracy and IR
  • Foreign Policy
  • Feminist & Critical IR Theory

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant field with a GPA of minimum 'C' is required to be eligible for application to the program. Depending on your planned specialization, your background may be from environmental sciences, ecology, resource management, agriculture, forestry, geography, economics, political science or social science.

Tuition Fee


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