World Politics and International Relations, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #244 (BCR) ,
The two-year Master (Laurea Magistralis) in World Politics and International Relations is taught entirely in English, and includes core courses with a comparative and international focus.


The comparative courses in Politics, Political Economy, and History of Government study the different political systems of the world as outcomes of path dependent economic and political structures and developments. The courses in International Relations, History of International Relations, and International Law study how the interactions among political systems have unfolded in the most important geopolitical settings.

These core courses are integrated with further courses on negotiation and management skills in international organizations, on the history of diplomacy, on migration, on regional integration, on ethical issues in international relations, and on the methodology of the social sciences applied to international relations. In addition, students are offered choices among a number of elective courses, including language courses. Non-Italian students are offered basic and intermediary courses in Italian.

Students may independently seek out internships in their second year, which are then accredited as part of the degree course itself, or may decide to follow an advanced training course, offered by experts from the “Osservatorio di Pavia – Media Research”, on electoral monitoring in consolidated and new democracies.

Programme Structure

  • Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Comparative History of Government
  • History of International Relations
  • International Law
  • History of Diplomacy
  • Migration and the Law
  • Explanatory Models in International Relations

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:


    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.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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 first (at least three-year) degree covering one or more of the humanities or social sciences and including at least 36 credits (ECTS or international equivalent) in one or more of the following areas: demography, economics (not including business studies) and statistics; modern or contemporary history; political studies (including political philosophy) ; public, private or international law; sociology.

For students taking their first degree at an Italian University, these disciplinary areas are given official classifications (settori scientifici disciplinari). The admissions committee has no discretion regarding these classifications.

Proficiency in the English language at the level of the European standard C1. Candidates are strongly advised (though not on pain of exclusion) to submit one of the following English language certificates with their application (this point does not apply to students who have completed a course of higher education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, or UK, or who can demonstrate, by means of certification from the relevant university, that their previous degree was taught and examined in English):

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT), with a score of at least 90;
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (PBT), with a score of at least 570;
  • IELTS (Academic version), with a score of at least 6.5;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), Grade C;
  • CambridgeCertificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Grade C.

Candidates without an English language certificate at the time of application may be asked to do so as a condition for enrollment.

Applicants taking their first degree at an Italian University must have acquired at least 150 credits by the relevant application deadline.

The admissions committee will assess applicants’ academic qualifications (both overall and in the relevant disciplines), their academic potential in the relevant fields, and their level of English. Academic potential will be assessed in part through an interview (by skype or in person) held shortly after the relevant application deadline.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3161 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3161 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3161 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3161 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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the annual fee in Pavia ranged from €493.90 to €3,161.90. All enrolling students pay an initial deposit of €670.00 (those in the lowest fee bracket are partially reimbursed at a later date). Students from developing countries (with study residence permits) qualify automatically for the lowest fee bracket.

Living costs for Pavia

  • 600 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Thanks to the University of Pavias participation in the Erasmus Mundus program, a limited number of two-year grants are available for applicants from the following countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria (deadline: 28 February); Belarus, Ukraine, Moldavia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia (deadline: 3 February). Interested applicants need to put in a separate application for such a grant.

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