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Master's in International Relations

Syllabus Part Time

The content of the part-time Master's in International Relations is basically the same as that of the full-time programme, but the syllabus is carried out at a different rate, since the programme lasts for two academic years (four semesters). The flexible part-time master’s enables students to combine their studies with other activities. Students have the possibility to participate in an academic exchange programme or to do an internship in their second year of study.

During their second semester of studies, students can choose one of the following five pathways:

In addition, IBEI is offering concentrations, suggested groups of four or five elective courses and a pathway course that combine to give a clear focus on one policy area or region. Students may choose how many of the electives to take, and may also choose freely from across all of the electives on offer. 

Conflict in Global Politics

Pathway:   Conflict, Threats and Violence in Global Politics
Semester 1 elective:

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflicts

Civil Wars

Semester 2 electives:          

Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution

Seguridad Internacional y Fuerzas Armadas

The politics and practice of international humanitarianism

International Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts

Governance and Diplomacy

Pathway:   Global Governance
Semester 1 elective:        

International Relations of Global Cities

The BRICS and the Global Power Shift

Sistema Jurídico Internacional

American Foreign Policy             

Semester 2 electives:  

Politics of International Sanctions

Foreign Policy Analysis

Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Globalization

International Relations in Latin America

International Relations in Asia

International Relations of the Middle East

Foreign and Security Policy of the Russian Federation

Complex Governance of Global Challenges

Politics of International Organizations

Science Diplomacy

Environment and Sustainability

Pathway:   International Environmental Policy                                               
Semester 1 elective:

Understanding Development: theory and practice

Programme Evaluation in Development

Semester 2 electives:            

Development, Environment and Natural Resources

Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts                              

Geopolitics of Energy

Global Political Economy

Pathway:   International Political Economy
Semester 1 elective:

European Union Political Processes

Political Economy of Welfare State

Data Analysis for International Relations

Semester 2 electives:              

International Business and Economic Institutions

Game Theory for International Relations

Evaluation of Development Programs: Experimental Methods   

Data Visualization

The Politics of the MENA Region


Mediterranean Area Studies                            

Semester 1 electives:

Islam and Politics

Semester 2 electives:  


International Relations of the Middle East

Immigration Integration Policies

Geopolitics of Energy

Minority Politics in the Middle East

The part-time Master's in International Relations is structured into three semesters of compulsory courses and electives (studying a total of 50 ECTS credits), taught by highly-qualified academics linked to the three universities that jointly offer the degree, as well as to other prestigious international institutions, and a fourth semester dedicated to carrying out the Final Research Project (10 ECTS credits).

Students will obtain 15 ECTS per semester. The total of the 60 ECTS is allocated as follows:

  • Compulsory courses: 24 ECTS (depending on studies carried out previously, it may be possible to exchange one or more compulsory courses for an equivalent or higher number of credits in electives)
  • Pathway elective courses: 6 ECTS (At least three pathway core courses will be offered during the afternoon schedule).
  • Electives: 20 ECTS. A minimum of 40 ECTS in electives will be offered in the afternoon schedule, throughout the two years of the programme.
  • Final Research Project: 10 ECTS 

Syllabus (two-years, part-time option)

For more information about the course enrolment process, please click here.


Classes take place in the afternoon from 4pm to 9pm (September to June).

At least three of the pathway elective courses will be offered in the afternoon schedule. Part-time students can also choose electives taught in time slots other than those offered during the afternoon period. 

To apply for this programme, please complete the online application form.

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