International Relations (60 EC)

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Are you fascinated by international relations? Do you want to become a specialist in this field? Then this Master's degree is what you are looking for.

Within the one-year Master's degree in International Relations, you choose one of the following six Master's tracks:

  • International Security: its main focus is the phenomenon of, and theoretical reflection on, 'violence' in its broader context.
  • International Political Economy: it focuses on the interaction between states, markets and societies. Its primary aim is to increase our understanding of the dynamics of these three building blocks.
  • European Integration: it explores the history, theory and policies of the European Union and her member states.
  • Global Governance: it seeks to understand the role of international organizations in global politics from a world society perspective.
  • International Relations and International Organization: combines and explores all four areas mentioned above.
  • East Asian Studies: it focuses on the international relations of contemporary East Asia, in particular the political economies of China, Japan and Korea.
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locatieGroningen
diplomaMA Internationale betrekkingen
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
accreditatiesNVAO
croho-code60734
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • Choice between six tracks
  • Career-oriented placement
  • A research-led and policy-oriented curriculum taught by a committed staff
  • Independent and innovative research
  • Provides an excellent preparation for a variety of position related to the broad field of International Relations

Studieprogramma

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opbouwBecause the programme starts in September as well as in February, all courses are offered both in the first and in the second semester.
The Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic element is the module Advanced Theory of International Relations. This module must be followed by all students. You can choose two research seminars and a Capita fitting with your track, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of your track) and you will do a placement.
periode
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Advanced Theory of International Relations
5 EC
Research Seminar 1 (in your track)
10 EC
Research Seminar 2
10 EC
Capita Selecta (in your track)
5 EC
Master's Thesis
20 EC
Master's Placement
10 EC

tracks

  1. International SecurityHow do actors relate to each other and their environment in terms of threats and vulnerabilities? How can conflicts be prevented or solved? How is violence organized? Find out in this specialization.
  2. International Political EconomyWhy is it fascinating coming to grips with the globalizing world economy? Why did the crash of the housing market in the US lead to a global financial crisis? Find out in this specialization.
  3. East Asian StudiesHow have some East Asian countries achieved such economic growth and global prominence in so little time? What are the global implications of the rise of East Asia? Find out in this specialization.
  4. European IntegrationWhat does the future hold for the European Union? Are its founding ideals of peace and prosperity strong enough to overcome public distrust about further integration? Find out in this specialization.
  5. Global GovernanceHow effective are the United Nations? Has the Council of Europe improved human rights conditions in its member states? Does the power of the IMF reach too far? Find out in this specialization.
  6. International Relations and International OrganizationWhat are the dominant issues in international relations? What effect does globalization have on state autonomy? Why is European integration so important? Find out in this specialization.

Onderwijs

taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
30% theorie
20% praktijk
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Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.
In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.

honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en studiekosten

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startmomenten

1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 november 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 11400
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
toelatingseisen

taaltoets
The English language proficiency requirement will be met by passing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWO final exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-based TOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from the University of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.

vooropleiding
University of Groningen:
For students with a University of Groningen Bachelor's degree in American Studies, Communication and Information Studies, European Languages and Cultures (Profile Politics and Society), History, International and European Law, International Business, Psychology and Sociology a standard Pre-Master programme applies. Please use this step-by-step guide for your specific application procedure: http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

Other universities and degree programmes:
Students with either a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History can submit an application to the IR Admissions Board. Please use this step-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure: http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • direct admission is possible
  • a student has to complete the pre-Master's programme first: http://www.rug.nl/let/premaster-IR
  • a student cannot be admitted

estimated monthly costs

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bedragkostenpost
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
22internet+tv
152boodschappen/kostgeld
32telefoon
117verzekeringen
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
29drinken/snoep/snacks
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
30contributies/abonnementen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart
45overig

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven

studentaantallen

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27868 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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studievereniging

Clio
Clio is the Study Association of International Relations & International Organization at the University of Groningen. Clio has 1200 members and is one of the largest students' associations in Groningen, and the largest students' organization at a Dutch faculty of Arts.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Master's Student Iris Staalman
The programme forces you to critically think about the role the economy plays in international as well as local politics

My name is Iris Staalman and I study International Relations with a Master's track in International Political Economy (IPE). I previously obtained my bachelor in Psychology, with a focus on social and cultural psychology. Curiously I was never very interested in politics when I was younger. During my bachelor however, I went on exchange to Uppsala, Sweden, and took a course in development theory and colonial legacy. Here my interest grew, particularly concerning colonial history and its effects on international politics today...
Debate is constantly present in our classes and in the discipline in general. The programme highlights many different perspectives, none of which you necessarily need to agree with. This is one of the things I enjoy most in our programme, because I believe interacting with different opinions can teach you a lot more than only encountering similar-mindedness.
Why International Political Economy?
Due to my previous education it was necessary for me to follow the pre-master programme before starting the masters. Initially I had intended to specialise in International Security, but during the pre-masters it became clear to me that if I wanted to focus on development in ways other than foreign aid, I needed to look at international trade. Therefore I decided to specialise in IPE. This track does not merely teach you about the economic system that is in place, it also shows the various perspectives on IPE that are present, it questions the morality of it and forces you to critically think about the role the economy plays in international as well as local politics.


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Master's Ambassador Victorine Nillesen
The course 'Advanced Theory of International Relations is extremely useful

My name is Victorine Nillesen and I am currently studying in the Master International Relations at the Faculty of Arts. I do the East Asian Studies track, so my studies take a more regional focus than the other tracks (International Political Economy, International Security, Global Governance, European Integration, and International Relations and International Organization), but there is a lot of overlap in courses and research seminars...
It covers all classic theories but allows for a lot of freedom in being creative and applying theories to current events and conflicts, which I find fascinating.
Read more about Victorine and why she chose to study East Asian Studies in Groningen.
Questions? Send Victorine an email: v.e.l.nillesen@student.rug.nl


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Quirien van Straelen
Placement at the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone

I choose to do a placement in support of the Transition Support Team (TST) of the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone. My task was to support the TST in the daily management of the Transition Initiative Fund (TIF). The main objective of the Transition Initiative Fund (TIF) is to support the implementation of the Local Government Act (2004) and in particular build the capacity of the Local Councils to deliver their broad mandate of decentralized service delivery.

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The mayor lesson I learned was that you are the only person who can create the circumstances wherein your internship will be rewarding.
Diversity can be difficult; I attended a workshop with all our program officers; when asked who believed it wasn’t possible for a women to be raped within marriage, half of the participants raised their hands. And this is just one example of the cultural differences that I faced. But it was also amazing to be living in an entirely different country and culture, working in such a diverse environment and learning that I could actually be an asset to an organization. I learned so much from the people I met, both through work and personally. Read more


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Master's Ambassador Brielle Staine
Studying at Groningen has allowed me to receive a well-rounded education from professors doing current research in their respective concentrations

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Studying at Groningen has allowed me to receive a well-rounded education from professors doing current research in their respective concentrations. I have learned to think like a theorist and to go beyond what we just see. To think, and to learn. The master’s track of Global Governance has not only expanded my knowledge on the subject matter but has given me the competitive skills needed to succeed in the job market.
b.staine@student.rug.nl


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Master's Student Paul Haseloop
In the future I hope to spend my time working for a cause that will make the world a better place

My name is Paul Haseloop, and currently I study International Political Economy (IPE). Previously, I did the bachelor International Relations and International Organization in Groningen, with minors in intelligence studies, religious studies and Dutch public administration. IPE offers me unique perspectives on issues such as, for example, international cooperation, trade relations, and the power of multinational corporations in shaping international policy...
The advanced course on IR theory contributes not only to knowledge on IR, but also helps in discussing problems found in international political economy. This connectedness of IPE and IR, in combination with the internship possibilities the UG offers, convinced me to sign up for this master. As a part of the master, I will do an internship at the Dutch embassy in Helsinki, which will definitely be an amazing experience.
In the future I will hope to spend my time working for a cause that will make the world a better place, using the skills I have acquired during my time in Groningen.


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Student Laura Wieseman
I chose to focus on Middle and Eastern Europe

Hi future Master students! My name is Laura Wieseman (23) and in September 2013 I started the Master's track International Relations and International Organization (IRIO), and I chose to focus on Middle and Eastern Europe. This track has given me the opportunity to concentrate on a very dynamic and interesting region of Europe.

What I like the most is its small scale, the personal contact between students and lecturers, and the focus on preparing students for the labour market.
Master's Ambassador Orion Noda
International Security was precisely the programme I was looking for!

After having graduated in International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, I am now pursuing my Master’s degree in International Relations, more specifically, the master’s track International Security at the University of Groningen.
During my undergraduate studies, I have always leaned towards the International Security, Peace and Conflict areas and it was also pretty clear to me that a Bachelor’s degree would not be the last stage of my academic life...
Not only is it a prestigious university, with a plethora of different programs, it is also a wonderful city with a cozy student vibe in which you get in touch with people from all over the globe, coming from the broadest array of backgrounds. That combined with the fact that they offered precisely the program I was looking for, made it an easy decision for me.
Read more on Orion and why he chose to study International Security.
Questions? Send Orion an email: o.noda@student.rug.nl


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Rishi Raithatha
Internship at the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS)

The experience of doing a placement demonstrated my ability to adapt to different demands and environments, and produce quality output even when under pressure. In addition to this, I was able to learn more about the intellectual element of CESS itself – namely SSR (Security Sector Reform)..

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The internship also allowed me to explore a different strand of an area of familiarity (Burundi), ultimately assisting my thesis-writing process. On a side note, during the internship itself, a letter I submitted to The Economist (on what constituted a “state”, whilst mentioning Burundi) was published on their website and in that week’s print edition.
Without a doubt, I enjoyed traveling abroad to two different countries and representing CESS at two High-Level events. It gave me an unparalleled insight into the lifestyle of a “high-flyer”, proven by my having to work on the train to Schiphol and even on the aircraft itself! But aside from the trips, I enjoyed working as part of an accepted member of a close-knit group of people. This allowed me to contribute constructively to the teams ideas and objectives. Read more


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Sanne Roefs
I wrote my thesis on visual securitization

After gaining my Bachelor's degree in International Relations in Groningen, I decided to continue on to the Master's degree programme in International Relations at the same University. I was really interested in the programme, which includes two research seminars that students can choose themselves, as well as the option of doing a placement.

During my Master’s programme, I’ve focused on international security issues, as well as Dutch foreign policy. This combination enabled me to do a placement in the policy department of the Dutch embassy in Rome, in the Politics & Press cluster...
I’ve never regretted choosing Groningen to study for my Master’s in International Relations with a track in International Security. The combination of content-rich, small-scale research seminars and the opportunity to apply the knowledge I’ve acquired during a placement was exactly what I was looking for.


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Annemarie Steenhuis
Junior Consultant at Hiemstra & de Vries

My interest in social and political issues led me to pursue the track International Political Economy of the Master International Relations. Specifically, the role of a changing government in its interaction with society and the private sector is something that fascinates me. This has been a focus during my studies at global and European levels. It is also something I find back in my work. This time at the local level.

An advantage of the Master's track in International Political Economy is that you can put together your own programme...
You learn in a relatively short time to find your feet in all sorts of topics. In my case ranging from the European Union to international political economy, political power and democracy. You also have the opportunity to gain practical experience. I did an internship at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok. Working at an Embassy gave me insight into the daily issues in international affairs and the role of various players in the field.
I currently work at Hiemstra & De Vries. This is a consultancy agency that carries out assignments in the public sector. Mostly, for municipalities and provinces, but also for health-care and educational organizations. This year, I was involved in projects with quite a diverse character. Ranging from projects with a retrenchment character to projects assisting governmental organizations with the transition of care to municipalities.
I really enjoy this job. For me, the dynamic of different projects, focus on social and political issues, and being in contact with people, is a perfect combination.


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Gloria Dede
Junior Policy Officer at the Dutch House of Representatives

I work as a junior policy officer for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands. I support different MPs in the areas of development aid and foreign affairs. I like the fact that I work on current issues that you hear in the news and get to meet interesting people with various different jobs. I also like the fact that development aid is the main focus of my work, as it was during my studies.

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Furthermore, the track covers very diverse topics, and it is very useful to be able to learn another language alongside English. 
During the track I learned most from my placement, which taught me how to put the theory into practice. I also learned practical skills like writing reports, which I still use in my current job. 
I hope to continue working in development aid, maybe at a non-governmental organization. I also hope to work abroad for a while.


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Nadira Irdiana
Child Protection Officer at UNICEF Indonesia

I have always been interested in international relations, since I was exposed to people from various backgrounds from a young age. When I was 17, I was chosen to study as an exchange student in the USA for one year. There, I was involved in events in the fields of international politics and development. While discussing various topics with people from all over the world, I realized that if we want to solve the world's problems, we have to act together.

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Studievergelijker

1/16 Rijksuniversiteit
Internationale Betrekkingen (60 EC)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
40 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/16 Rijksuniversiteit
International Relations and International Organization
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
40 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/16 Rijksuniversiteit
International Security
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
40 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/16 Rijksuniversiteit
East Asian Studies
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
40 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
5/16 Rijksuniversiteit
International Political Economy
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
40 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
6/16 Rijksuniversiteit
Global Governance
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
40 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
7/16 Rijksuniversiteit
European Integration
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
40 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
8/16 Universiteit Leiden
International Relations
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
61 eerstejaars
47% vrouw
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9/16 Universiteit Leiden
European Union Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
61 eerstejaars
47% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
10/16 Universiteit Leiden
Global Conflict in the Modern Era
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
61 eerstejaars
47% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
11/16 Universiteit Leiden
Global Political Economy
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
61 eerstejaars
47% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
12/16 Universiteit Leiden
International Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
61 eerstejaars
47% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
13/16 Universiteit Leiden
Global Order in Historical Perspective
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
61 eerstejaars
47% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
14/16 Universiteit Leiden
Culture and Politics
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
61 eerstejaars
47% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
15/16 Utrecht
International Relations in Historical Perspective
star Elsevier
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
11 eerstejaars
63% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
16/16 Utrecht
Conflict Studies and Human Rights
star Elsevier
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
11 eerstejaars
63% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Master's programme is broad in scope and gives students a solid foundation in international relations. There is consequently a wide range of employment opportunities for International Relations graduates. The most obvious profession is a policy advisor, but you could also become a researcher, lobbyist, diplomat, or PR officer. You can work in international business, non-profit or government organizations, in the media, and at a university or a private research institute.

Brochure job profiles IR graduates | For some examples of where our IR graduates work, please go to our brochure. 

Alumni Network Mitrany | We would also like to direct you to the IR Alumni Network or a survey they conducted amongst IR alumni.

University of Groningen Career Services | Helps students to prepare for a successful career. 



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Contact

Dieneke Zomer

Student Adviser

Drs. Hidde de Haas

Student Adviser

E: studieadviesibio@rug.nl
T: +31 (0)503638986
Master's Ambassador Brielle Staine (global Governance)
Master's Ambassador Victorine Nillesen (east Asian Studies)
Master's Ambassador Orion Noda (international Security)
Meer informatie?
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