International Relations

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

24 months
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Do you want to understand and analyse international relations today in term of diplomacy, development and environmental sustainability? This Master of Science in International Relations at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) provides the opportunity to adapt to the new global reality.

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The Master of Science in International Relations at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is of 2-year duration. The first year comprises compulsory courses including an introductory course, theory and method courses, and elective courses. In the third semester, students are encouraged to take a semester on exchange or to do an internship. Students can choose elective courses offered in the IR program, but also more broadly at NMBU. The master thesis of 30 ECTS is written in the fourth and final semester. Students attending the program typically represent around 20 nations from all continents, each year.

You will learn the theoretical foundations required to understand IR today, and use these to analyse global political developments from various entry points. You will learn about security, environment, war, violence, state-building, diplomacy, etc. The Masters dissertation will enable you to engage in independent research in a topic of your choice. The program increases the practical understanding of international interactions through (optional) internships and academic exchange programs.

Graduates may compete for jobs within:

  • civil administration
  • international organizations
  • research and education institutions
  • private sector working in international environments.

This program is currently the only Master’s degree in International Relations offered at a Norwegian university.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Relations Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • European security and the power and role of the EU
  • Feminist and Critical IR Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant field with a GPA of minimum 'C' is required to be eligible for application to the program.
  • Copy of foreign passport or ID   card
    • Documentation of upper secondary school
    • Documentation of higher education
    • Courses to be completed
    • Translations
    • Documentation of English language proficiency
    • Documentation of financing
    • Motivation Letter

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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