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Master's in International Relations

Syllabus Full Time

The course syllabus presents an innovative structure, stimulating continuous learning, with highly-qualified teachers linked to the three universities that jointly offer the degree, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the Universitat de Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as well as to other major international academic institutions.

The Master's in International Relations is offered in two different language options: the bilingual (Spanish-English) option, in which students follow approx. half the compulsory courses in each of the two languages, while they can choose from the whole range of electives in either in Spanish or English and the English-only option, in which all the compulsory courses are taught in English, including the pathway core courses. In this language track, students can also choose elective courses in Spanish, if they wish. The electives are offered to a large extent in English, however, some will only be available in Spanish. More detailed information about the courses can be found on the website.

The Master's syllabus is made up of a combination of core subjects and a wide range of electives that reflect the students' individual interests. Building on knowledge acquired in the first semester, in the second semester students will take a pathway specialty and, in this way, build their education according to their individual interests within the different International Relations themes.

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

Semester 2 electives:          

Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution
War and Genocide
Civil Wars
Seguridad Internacional y Fuerzas Armadas
The politics and practice of international humanitarianism
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
Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Globalization
International Relations in Latin America
International Relations in Asia
International Relations of 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 Area Studies
Política Exterior Europea

Semester 2 electives:

European Union and its Neighbours
International Relations of the Middle East
Immigration Integration Policies
International Migrations
European Security and Defence Policy

The Master's in International Relations programme includes three different types of courses and a final dissertation:

  • Core courses: 24 ECTS (depending on studies previously carried out, it may be possible to replace a core course with an equivalent or greater number of elective course credits)
  • Pathway core courses: 6 ECTS (subject to be chosen according to the pathway selected)
  • Electives: 20 ECTS
  • Final Dissertation: 10 ECTS

Throughout the year, IBEI offers both students and teaching staff a series of conferences and seminars carried out by high-profile international specialists as well as well-known professionals and politicians.

Syllabus (one-year, full-time option)

Syllabus MIR FT

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