The International Relations and Political Science programme of Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies offers students the possibility of completing a master’s degree through two programmes – a stand-alone two-year master’s programme, designed for students wishing to develop expertise in international relations; and a fast-track master’s programme, which transfers advanced students into doctoral research after three semesters.
Students are equipped with the analytical tools and substantive background to understand a wide range of political topics. Engaging with multiple approaches and methods, students have the opportunity to take courses from a number of sub-fields, including:
- comparative politics
- conflict studies
- political economy
- international governance
The master's programme is made up of a standard sequence of core courses, as well as several sub-field survey courses; in addition, there are numerous electives that can be taken. During the second year of studies, each student writes a master's thesis or, if he/she is enrolled in the fast-track programme, transitions into the coursework that prepares him/her for writing a dissertation prospectus for doctoral research.
Teaching takes place in small classes, where students are encouraged to foster a sense of inquiry, critique and argument. Students have extensive access to political science faculty, both regular professors in the department as well as visiting professors. This, as well as the analytical strengths of the curriculum, the proximity to various international governmental and nongovernmental organisations in Geneva, and the broad geographical and cultural range of students in the programme, make for a solid and rewarding grounding in the field.
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- Advanced Quantitative Methods: Agent-based Computational Modeling
- Civil War and Genocide In Rwanda
- Comparative Politics
- Designing & Conducting Field Research
- Everyday Political Economy
- Feminist Approaches to War and Security
- 24 months
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DisciplinesInternational Relations Political Science View 10 other Masters in Political Science in Switzerland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- You should hold, or at least receive upon arrival, a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to your study programme, from an accredited university
- Professional experience and extracurricular activities are not compulsory but can be an asset to your application
- Complete the online application form
- Pay the application fee
- Provide contact details for two academic referees on the application form
- Upload all your supporting documents before the deadline
International7596 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7596 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA4747 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4747 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
- Non-resident students: CHF 8,000 per year
- Resident students: CHF 5,000 per year
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