International and European Relations, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The International and European Relations master’s programme at Linköping University approaches issues related to European relations in the context of an international society and global governance. It is suitable for students with a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with a special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs.

About

Students will be equipped with the necessary skills for facing the challenges of an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market. The International and European Relations programme at Linköping University also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general fields of international and European relations. The programme is divided into four components, each equivalent to one semester:

  • International relations
  • European relations
  • International governance/Guided internship
  • Master’s thesis

The curriculum consists of topics ranging from international law and security, to European institutions and Europe’s external relations, theories of international relations and organisation, foreign policy analysis, contemporary issues of international governance, and research design and methodology. 

During the third semester students have the option of either taking courses with a general focus on international and global governance, or to pursue a guided internship with an organisation of relevance for international or European relations. In order to develop the course curriculum and also for research purposes, the programme cooperates with partner institutions at Aalborg University (Denmark) and Twente University (The Netherlands).

By the end of the programme students will have developed an independent critical approach to complex global, and specifically European, issues. Furthermore, students will gain the skills and knowledge to contribute actively to important developments, either as practitioners or as researchers. Students will also be able to:

  • understand the history, theory and contemporary implications of international and European relations, as well as the forces that drive developments
  • acquire the tools to reflect upon and analyse the dynamics of contemporary international and European relations
  • develop an in-depth understanding of issues regarding international governance and their significance
  • be able to independently design, conduct inquiries and then report on scientific matters within international and European relations.

The programme staff is engaged in research concerning international theory and the development of international norms and institutions, European security and foreign relations, regional development, political economy, federalism, policy analysis and political theory.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares students for a professional career in governmental institutions and in international public organisations, as well as in the private and non-governmental sectors. Graduates from the programme can be found today in such institutions, working with various aspects from running policy programmes to scientific research. The courses also provide a solid foundation for further studies and research within European and international studies.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

Term 1

  • Introduction to Academic Studies and Social Science
  • International Relations Theory
  • Politics and Economics of International Relations
  • International and European Law

Term 2

  • Contemporary European Institutions
  • International and European Security
  • Europe's Relations with the World
  • Research Design and Methods

Term 3

  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Organisation: Theory and Practice
  • International Governance and Civil Society
  • Contemporary Issues in International Governance

or

  • Guided Internship

Term 4

  • Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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:

    6.5

    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.

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

    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:

    90

    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

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within political science, international relations, economics, history, geography, law, media studies, sociology and other social sciences - and for students with other disciplinary backgrounds who can demonstrate an ability to develop their potential in the subject area.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8333 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16666 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 160000 kr 

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