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Research Master's in International Studies


The teaching format involves on-campus classes that stimulate students' participation as well as individual tutorials in order to establish a more personal relationship with teachers.

The Master's courses comprise the following educational activities:

  • Teaching sessions, run by the professor responsible for that subject, in which the programme's central themes are presented and discussed.
  • Seminars and practical sessions, in which the students' active participation is encouraged in order to develop their research, speaking, discussion and teamwork skills.
  • Tutorials: individual activities together with a tutor aimed to supervise academic progress and development, as well as to provide future professional orientation and guidance with regard to transversal skills.
  • Teamwork: group activities carried out in small groups in- or outside the classroom for the acquisition of general skills and independent learning.
  • Individual work: independent activities done by the student, such as the completion of exercises, writing of coursework and reports and oral presentations.

The core courses are based on three hours of lectures per week, one of them dedicated to discussing practical cases in small groups (of between 10 and 15 students). The elective courses, of two hours per week, combine teaching, practical and seminar sessions. Each subject has an appointed teacher who coordinates the team of lecturers giving the classes. This professor sets the assessment method and coordinates the activities linked to the subject, including tutorials.

Following the ECTS criteria, the 6-credit subjects involve around 150 hours of work for students, including personal work, group activities, seminars and teaching sessions. The 4-credit classes involve around 100 hours’ work, and also combine practical and teaching sessions. 24 hours of classes and seminars are offered for each subject; the required ones also include 12 hours of additional practical work throughout the semester. Semesters are divided into 12 weeks of teaching, followed by around four weeks for completing coursework and exams.

Student assessment is continuous and will, during the course of the academic year, be based on a combination of the following elements: short essays about matters related to both the subjects taught and the seminars, satisfactory participation in debates and practical sessions, and successful completion of the exams.

IBEI also organises a number of additional activities throughout the year, where guest researchers and high-profile, experienced professionals provide their points of view, opinions and experiences in order to stimulate students' analytical and reflective skills.

IBEI also offers its students the possibility to participate in an exchange programme. Students who wish to participate will spend one semester at the foreign university affiliated with IBEI of their choice, taking a number of electives, and the credits obtained abroad will count towards their IBEI degree.