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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:

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

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 Conflict

Semester 2 electives:          

Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution
War and Genocide
Civil Wars
Seguridad Internacional y Fuerzas Armadas
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 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.

Application form