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 of Arts program 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.

Our 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:

  • Global Health
  • Disarmament
  • Migration
  • Humanitarian Operations
  • Regional Status

Diplomatic skills content:

  • 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

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.

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).

MIR Programme Courses

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