MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies
The Master of Arts in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies provides its students with in-depth knowledge of the EU as a global actor as well as skills in international negotiations and diplomacy. The intensive one-year study programme brings together an interdisciplinary analysis of the EU’s external relations with a professional dimension preparing graduates to enter the European, international or national public administration as well as the non-governmental or private sectors, and it may serve as a stepping stone towards doctoral studies. It leads to an accredited degree of 66 ECTS.
The Department's professors are internationally known experts, representing a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, countries and approaches. They include academics from renowned universities and think tanks as well as practitioners with many years of experience working for or with the EU or other international institutions.
The learning experience is reinforced by the daily interaction with a highly diverse student body, comprising more than thirty different nationalities. See admission requirements.
Why choose this programme?
- Unique focus on the external relations of the EU
- Comprehensive understanding of the EU's external action
- Combination of EU affairs with diplomacy studies in a multicultural setting
- Opportunity to learn a new foreign language as part of the curriculum
- Preparation for a future career through the acquisition of professional skills, in particular to enter the European, international and national public sectors
Alumni surveys of the first promotions of graduates from the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies programme show that
- Upon graduation, many students choose to intern in Brussels or elsewhere for a few months in order to perfect the skills and knowledge they gained at the College or to continue studying the foreign language they began as part of their studies;
- A year after receiving their diplomas, many graduates enter the EU institutions, their national diplomatic services or public administration, join consultancies and NGOs, or work in research.