Master of International Relations


The Master of International Relations (MIR) Programme is a prestigious, well-rounded and challenging program geared towards preparing ambitious students to take their place in the competitive International Relations marketplace, or to prepare students for further study in the field.

The Master degree program provides students with advanced training, by way of one year of coursework, practical work experience (internship) and an academic dissertation, in the general methods, scope, theories, and findings in the field of International Relations. The courses embrace various disciplinary traditions as the curriculum is taught by faculty members with varied backgrounds, including history, economics, political science, law, philosophy and sociology.

The Master Programme gives a systematic preparation for original postgraduate research or for a demanding international career; and it constitutes a program of training for those who have graduated in other fields and wish to transfer to International Relations.

Programme 2017


For more information about the MIR programme and the courses that are offered, please see the MIR course schedule for Autumn 2017 here and the MIR Programme Handbook. Please note that the course schedule is subject to last minute changes.

Programme Courses and Approach


GSD focuses very clearly on preparing individuals for a successful career within management-level positions within the public and private sectors, principally through its combined theoretical and practical approach in our teaching methods. We therefore offer a unique combination of conceptual courses focused on theory and the development of essential diplomatic skills.

The GSD curriculum is based on 3 main pillars:
1. International Relations
2. International Law
3. International Economics

Theoretical content

We offer a number of courses on specific topics such as:

  • International Trade
  • Disarmament
  • Global Security
  • Management of International Organisations & NGO’s
  • Migration
  • Humanitarian Law
  • Regional Status

Diplomatic Skills content:

  • Key Leadership Skills
  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Mediation, Dispute Settlement and Conflict Resolution
  • Policy Scenarios
  • Media Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Negotiation Techniques
  • Speaker and Presentation Skills
  • Analytical Thinking Skills
  • Decision-making skills

Programme Aim


The aim of the MIR programme is:

  • To prepare and develop graduates for a career in departments of government, politics, international relations, journalism and business
  • To develop students’ intellectual capabilities of analysis and interpretation, critical evaluation, selection and synthesis, reasoned argument, research and problem solving
  • To provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them an appropriate grounding in the study of international relations, including its political, social, and economic aspects
  • To examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact through a dynamic appreciation of different levels of analysis
  • To ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of international processes
  • To ensure that students acquire a solid knowledge of theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, its major debates, its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study, and a critical appreciation of the essentially contested nature of politics in general and international relations in particular
  • To ensure that students acquire an advanced understanding of the relationship between theoretical, methodological, and empirical content of the issue-areas studied
  • To develop students’ general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills).

Master Student Profile


  • Average age: 26 years
  • Average languages spoken: 4

Type of original institution:

  • 33% national universities
  • 22% private universities
  • 45% public universities

Educational background (majors):

  • International Relations
  • Communications
  • Finance
  • English Literature
  • Computer System/IT Studies

Nationalities GSD student body:

  • 32% Europe
  • 23% Asia Pacific
  • 17% Africa
  • 16% Americas
  • 12% Middle East

Entry requirements


Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree. Whilst we accept applications from all varieties of undergraduate majors, a prior degree in international relations, history, social sciences, etc. will be an ideal preparation to commence your MIR studies at GSD.

As the language of instruction is English, you need to submit a proof of your language proficiency. To see the application guide with more details, please click here.

Graduation requirements


Successful completion of mandatory academic coursework and practical work experience thanks to the GSD Internship Programme will earn the MIR student 60 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points. The remaining 30 ECTS credits points, out of a total of 90 ECTS required include a significant independent research project (Master’s dissertation).

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