The substantive focus of our MA program in International Relations (MAIR) is the analysis of politics beyond the nation state. This research topic is examined from a global governance and an international political sociology perspective, looking at enduring processes of globalization, internationalized conflict, and increasing cross-border activities. The emphasis on these two perspectives and the explicit integration of general social theoretical questions is a unique feature of the MAIR. Students participate in a small, relatively specialized, and academically rigorous, all English degree program.
The program is offered jointly by Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen. Jacobs University was founded in 1999 as the first private international research university in Germany. The University of Bremen is a public institution and one of Germany’s youngest and most active research universities. Both universities have particularly strong positions in the field of international relations and political science. The study is thus linked to an attractive research environment. Continuation on the PhD track in Bremen is possible after completion of the MAIR program.
Important notice: As of winter semester 2023/24, the MA International Relations will undergo significant changesthat pertain to both the program and the faculty. These changes are outlined in the section “New MAIR”. As a result of the reform, some of the information supplied in other sections of the website (in particular, “Program”, “Faculty”, and “Guidelines”) does not apply to students who will join the program in 2023 or later. The changes will not affect current students or students who will take up their studies in the winter semester 2022/23.