International Relations

Master of Science in International Relations (IR)

Do you want to understand and analyse international relations today in term of diplomacy, development and environmental sustainability? This program provides the opportunity to adapt to the new global reality.

Duration: 2 years
Start: Autumn 2019
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What can you use this qualification for?
Graduates may compete for jobs within civil administration, international organizations, research and education institutions, and within the private sector working in international environments. This program is currently the only Master’s degree in International Relations offered at a Norwegian university.
What will you learn?

You will learn the theoretical foundations required to understand IR today, and use these to analyse global political developments from various entry points. You will learn about security, environment, war, violence, state-building, diplomacy, etc. The Masters dissertation will enable you to engage in independent research in a topic of your choice. The program increases the practical understanding of international interactions through (optional) internships and academic exchange programs.

Short description

The program is of 2-year duration. The first year comprises compulsory courses including an introductory course, theory and method courses, and elective courses. In the third semester, students are encouraged to take a semester on exchange or to do an internship. Students can choose elective courses offered in the IR program, but also more broadly at NMBU. 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

Showing programme structure for students starting 2019

Study year: 1

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: International Relations - Compulsory Courses
Emne ECTS
International Relations Theory 15 Compulsory Course
Research Methods 15 Compulsory Course
Introduction to International Relations 5 Compulsory Course
Study year: 2

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: International Relations - Elective courses - Recomended
Emne ECTS
European security and the power and role of the EU 10

Semester: spring

Programme variant: International Relations - Elective courses - Recomended
Emne ECTS
Feminist and Critical IR Theory 10
Programme variant: International Relations - Compulsory Courses
Emne ECTS
Master's Thesis 30 Choose one Master Thesis

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