The MA International Relations is a research oriented postgraduate program. Therefore, the curriculum puts particular emphasis on both theories and methodology.  MAIR courses are also strongly informed by our faculty's own research experience and findings. It aims at preparing students for further research within and outside academia.

The program is composed of four fields:

1. Theories and Issues of Global Governance
This field focuses on basic theories and themes of international relations and governance including issues of international security and international political economy.

2. Changing Context of Global Governance
The second field highlights broader processes of political change which impact international and transnational cooperation including state transformation and the legalization of world politics.

3. Theorizing Social Order and Change
Covering classical as well as contemporary social theory, as well as normative theory of world politics, this component aims to provide a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating issues of governance.

4. Methodology
In order to provide students with the techniques to conduct up-to-date research, the program offers courses on advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as on research design and the logic of scientific research.

During the course of study students will take three modules from each of the four fields. Each module is offered in a small and a large version worth 6 and 9 ECTS credit points, respectively. Students will take one half of the modules in the small and the other half in the large version, thus obtaining 90 ECTS credit points in the four fields. The MA thesis, which is written in the fourth semester, is worth 30 ECTS credit points.

A detailed description of all modules can be found in our Module Catalogue.

The Curriculum

Please click on the hyperlinks to view the most recent syllabus of the respective course.

Term Schedule and Course Catalogue

The fall term starts in early October and ends in mid-January. The spring term starts in early March and ends in mid-June.

Click here or here to access the course catalogue for fall term 2022.

Key Facts

Start date: First week of October

Duration: 2 years full-time

Tuition fee: None

Application: 1 December through 1 February

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