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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.

For the academic year 2018-19, the choice of pathways in the Master's in International Relations is being revised and expanded. The five pathways will be as follows:

  • Conflict, Threats and Violence in Global Politics
  • Global Governance
  • International Political Economy
  • International Environmental Policy
  • Mediterranean Area Studies

In addition, IBEI is introducing 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 Conflict

Semester 2 electives:          

Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution
War and Genocide
Civil Wars
Seguridad Internacional y Fuerzas Armadas
Private Security in the International System
International Relations in Humanitarian Action
Failed states and the Agenda for Reconstruction
International Security & Weapons of Mass Destruction

Governance and Diplomacy

Pathway:   Global Governance
Semester 1 elective: Politics of International Sanctions
The BRICS and the Global Power Shift
Sistema Jurídico Internacional                        

Semester 2 electives:  

Foreign Policy Analysis
Política Exterior, Diplomacia y Globalización
International Relations in Latin America
International Relations in Asia
International Relations in the Middle East

Environment and Sustainability

Pathway:   International Environmental Policy                                               
Semester 1 elective: Geopolitics of Energy                                                             
Programme Evaluation in Development

Semester 2 electives:                  

Development, Environment & Natural Resources
Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts

Global Political Economy

Pathway:   International Political Economy
Semester 1 elective: Geopolitics of Energy
European Union Political Processes

Semester 2 electives:                  

International Business and Economic Institutions
Game Theory for International Relations
Evaluation of Development Programmes: Experimental Methods
Data Analysis for International Relations

The Politics of the MENA Region


Mediterranean Area Studies                            

Semester 1 electives:

Mediterranean & Arab World Studies
Política Exterior Europea

Semester 2 electives:

EU and the Immediate Surroundings
International Relations of the Middle East
Immigration Integration Policies
International Migrations
European Security and Defence Policy

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 core 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)

Target group

The Master's in International Relations is aimed at graduates interested in gaining greater interdisciplinary insight into international political, economic and social matters.

An applicant's professional experience will be taken into account for the part-time Master's programme.


Classes take place in the afternoon from 4pm to 9pm (September to June), and the compulsory courses (International Relations Theory, Comparative Politics and Democratisation, International Trade and Economy, and Advanced Social Research) are taught from 6pm onwards. At least three of the pathway core 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.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of the chosen master’s programme is calculated according to the ECTS credits you will be enrolling for through our online system. The price of the complete tuition fee is obtained by multiplying the number of credits enrolled by the price per credit (€180.33).

The tuition fee of €11,000 includes 60 +1 ECTS credits and provides thus for one extra ECTS as the combination of 4 ECTS and 3 ECTS elective courses may add up to 61 ECTS. You will have to pay for any extra ECTS you may wish to enrol in addition to the 61 ECTS. If you were to enrol for exactly 60 ECTS, your tuition fee will be €10,819.80.

If you prefer to pay the tuition fees before enrolling in your courses at the end of September, you will be able to do so. In that case, you should make a bank transfer of €11,000 and IBEI will settle the final amount after you have completed your enrolment.

If you are admitted to the part-time programme, you will enrol for a minimum of 30 ECTS during your first year and the remaining ECTS during your second year. This means that you will pay the first part of the tuition fees for the courses you are enrolling in during your first year, and the second part in September 2019 when enrolling in your course choice for the second year.


The admissions process for the Master's in International Relations is open until 1 July 2018 (for non-EU applicants) or 15 July 2018 (for EU applicants).

All information regarding requirements and the admission process is available in the Admissions section. For any further query, please contact the Admissions Office at: admissions@ibei.org.