The Master of International Politics (MIP) aims to provide students with the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to study governance in a globalizing world. With an explicit focus on international politics, the programme is geared towards students who are interested in international diplomacy, peace processes, conflict management, global environmental politics, and international political economy. It also offers specialised courses on regional political developments in Europe, China, Russia, Eurasia and the Middle East.
The MIP programme offers students the opportunity to study at one of Europe's oldest and most well-established universities and offers them the opportunity to engage in international affairs at all levels. The programme is both promoted and supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences and rejoice regular interaction with developments in and outside political institutions in Brussels.
The programme is taught by international academics who are passionate about their field of expertise and are at the forefront of current research in political science and international relations.
The programme offers a variety of teaching methods, strengthening communication and professional skills: interactive class discussions, group work, presentations, guest lectures and study visits.
Interactive courses taught by international academics
The MIP programme is taught by international academics who are specialists in their area, passionate about their subjects, and at the forefront of current research in political science and international relations. They aim to give an interdisciplinary approach towards governance in a globalizing world. In addition, the programme frequently hosts practitioners and international policy makers as guest lecturers.
In most coursesn class discussions and questions are encouraged, requiring you to prepare for lectures in advance. Group work and/or presentations are part of the teaching method, requiring significant work outside of class. Throughout the year you will work on your dissertation.
During the Master of International Politics students will develop three complementary roles:
Graduated students of the Master of International Politics will have access to a wide range of employment pathways across various sectors, including the private, governmental and non-governmental sectors at the national, European and international levels. They will be able to compete for a career in academia or as a policy or decision maker in the political arena. They will have the necessary skills to work as a regional expert, UN consultant, an employee in a non-profit organisation, programme coordinator, policy adviser, researcher, diplomat or journalist.
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