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Master in Political Sciences: International Relations [120.0] - SPRI2M

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Retour en début de pageStudy objectives

International political studies are designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the world environment in which they are citizens. From villages to the United Nations, from negotiations between states to the role of non-governmental organizations, from the geopolitics of power to the management of international crises, from humanitarian intervention to peaceful resolution of conflict, nothing which drives politics in international relations should be unfamiliar to students who have completed this programme. 

In addition to the core subjects of political science, the training provides students with the essential elements with which to analyze international life and to build on their existing knowledge in the politico-institutional, historical, economic and perhaps even socio-anthropological fields. The interpretation of diplomatic and strategic questions is also enhanced by study of approaches and methods in international negotiations, international relations theory and Foreign policy analysis (FPA).

At the end of the first year, students may choose to diversify their knowledge, either through research in international relations, or to preparing for an international career (e.g.diplomacy, government service, non-governmental organizations) by developing special expertise in an area of international policy or conflict resolution. During the second year, the emphasis is on political analysis, with numerous case studies from different parts of the world.

Training is also offered in the field of humanitarian action. This is done in a  multi-disciplinary way, from a post-crisis reconstruction perspective. This training provides analysis and global understanding of conflict and situations where humanitarian intervention is needed.

Retour en début de pageGeneral presentation of the programme

The programme of the first year of the 120 credit Master in Political Science (International Relations) comprises a broad range of core subjects (45 credits), optional subjects (13 credits) and preparation for the dissertation (2 credits). The core subjects include advanced political science courses as well as courses and seminars devoted to international relations and humanitarian action. The programme director will want to ensure that the subjects students choose from the list of core subjects (45 credits out of a total of 65) are relevant to their focus and may not validate certain subjects for this reason.

2 credits out of 20 are allocated to the preparation of the dissertation. Students are required to provide a reasoned account of the research topic, a preliminary bibliography on the topic in question as well as a suggested work plan, together with a schedule showing when the different stages will be completed. 

The list of optional subjects (13 credits out of a total of 25 credits) includes regional analysis or advanced language lessons.

The second year programme is made up of focuses worth 30 credits (research focus, professional focus in diplomacy and conflict resolution and professional focus in humanitarian action) ; 18 credits  (out of a total of 20 credits) are given for writing the dissertation; 12 credits (out of a total of 25 credits) are for optional subjects which complement those taken in the first year.

  • The research focus is designed to equip students with advanced research in political science and international relations. The emphasis is on in-depth methodologies, joining research teams and being able to work independently. This focus prepares students specifically for research.  
  • Through targeted study of the international scene, the professional focus in diplomacy and conflict resolution prepares students for an international career in the public or private sector.  Diplomacy and the strategies of different powers are closely examined in parallel with techniques for negotiation and crisis resolution. There is a special seminar to prepare students for international posts. 
  • The professional focus in humanitarian action is designed to examine humanitarian and post-crisis reconstruction issues from a multi-disciplinary starting point. It goes through the legal, cultural, political and health perspectives to provide an analysis of situations where humanitarian intervention is required. It also enables a connection to be made between a crisis situation and more long-term development aid.  

Wathever the focus or the options chosen, the programme of this master shall totalise 120 credits, spread over two years of studies each of 60 credits

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Cours au choix

Retour en début de pagePositioning of the programme

Advanced Masters : Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Integration
Doctoral programmes : doctorate in Political and Social Science for research in international relations (for students with a higher level pass)
Doctoral school in political science (FNRS), or other schools approved by the  Graduate College in Political and Social Science.

Retour en début de pageCertificates

University certificates may be awarded for focuses to holders of a degree, a Master or a VAE (see below).
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