International Relations

Master of Science in International Relations

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

Duration: 2 years
Start: Autumn 2017
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Håkon Sparre, NMBU
What can you use this qualification for?
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 Master’s 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

Showing programme structure for students starting 2017

Study year: 1

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: International Relations - Elective courses - Recomended
Emne ECTS
Piracy and International Relations 10
Programme variant: International Relations - Compulsory Courses
Emne ECTS
International Relations Theory 15 Compulsory Course
Social Research Methods 15 Compulsory Course
Introduction to International Relations 5 Compulsory Course

Semester: spring

Study year: 2

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: International Relations - Elective courses - Recomended
Emne ECTS
International Organizations 10
Internship 10
Current Topics in Security Studies 10
European security and the power and role of the EU 10

Semester: spring

Programme variant: International Relations - Elective courses - Recomended
Emne ECTS
Religion, Politics and Islam 10
Foreign Policy 10
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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