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Research Master's in International Studies

Research Master's in International Studies

Key Facts




24 months


120 ECTS (incl. 30 ECTS Final Research Project - Thesis)



Start Date

Second year of the programme: September 2025

Students from

45+ countries

80+ electives to choose from

International faculty

from 20+ different countries

The Research Master's in International Studies is an interdisciplinary 120 ECTS Master’s programme that combines the study of complex problems in international politics and related areas, with a strong focus on research methods in Social Sciences. This two-year Master’s programme intends to prepare policy analysts and researchers in different areas of international studies, providing them with advanced methods training and research skills that would prepare them for reading, understanding and producing advanced research outputs for any future professional environment, such as the research units attached to any international organization, governmental agency, think tank or NGO. This Master’s also offers excellent preparation to successfully pursue a PhD programme in International Relations, Development studies, Public Policy or Political Science.

During the first year of the programme, the Research Master’s in International Studies combines theory, method and practice, providing students with extensive knowledge of the different subfields of international studies, covering a range of academic and professional perspectives. In addition to core courses, over 50 electives in international studies are taught every year by leading academics or practitioners with real-life field experience.

In the second year of the programme, students are trained in advanced research methods, including innovative analytical techniques and sophisticated software tools. The sum of the two-year study will be applied towards a 30 ECTS Master’s Final Research Project (Thesis), to be written during the last semester of the Master’s.

IBEI’s teaching model is organized around lectures, seminars, and workshop tutorials. Class sizes are capped and students are expected to actively participate in the classroom activities in the form of class discussion, presentations, group work and written assignments. In addition, students are assigned a personal tutor who will lend support to students throughout the academic year. IBEI also develops transferable skills that students can apply in their future international careers. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage with visiting scholars, international officials, government experts and practitioners who regularly give public lectures and research seminars at IBEI.

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