The Master of International Relations


Ambitious and ready to be prepared to take your place in the competitive International Relations marketplace through a well-rounded and challenging program OR to prepare you for further study in the filed


Advanced training, by way of one year coursework, practical work experience and an academic dissertation, in the general methods, scope, theories and findings in the field of International Relations


A key player in departments of government, politics, international relations, journalism and business

Proficient in analysis and interpretation, critical evaluation, selection and synthesis, reasoned argument, research and problem-solving

Knowledgable of theories of International Relations and its major debates

An improved researcher with strong transferable skills

Expert in the study of International processes





The Geneva School of Diplomacy will mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August 2019 by donating a number of partial scholarships for its university degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations [BA-IR]
  • Master of International Relations [MIR]

✔  The chosen applicants may start as soon as September 2019
✔  The deadline for applications is 25 August 2019 for the September 2019 intake
30 September 2019 for the February 2020 intake
✔  Preference will be given to the most meriting and motivated applicants


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

You will have a number of core courses as well as a number of selective courses from which to choose. Examples of some of the courses you will be studying include:

  • Blue Diplomacy: International Ocean and Marine Governance
  • Digital Diplomacy and Internet Governance
  • International Law of Armed Conflict: Challenges and Case Studies
  • Global Health and International Relations
  • Humanitarian Diplomacy: Strategy, Policy, Implementation
  • Media and International Relations
  • New Dynamics in Global Migration
  • Dispute Settlement and Conflict Resolution: Legal Framework and Strategies
  • Emerging Trends in International Trade
  • Diplomatic Negotiations; Policy, Practice, Procedures
  • Global Security
  • New Paradigms of International Relations
  • Humanitarian Law
  • Key Leadership Skills
  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Strategic Communications
  • Negotiation Techniques

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).

Programme 2019

For more information about the MIR programme and an impression of the courses that are offered, please see the MIR course schedule for Autumn 2019 here and the MIR Programme Handbook 2019 – 2020

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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