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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.


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
  •  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


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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

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  • Since NMBU is a publicly funded state university, there are no tuition fees. 
  • However, most students must pay a small semester fee. 

Living costs for Ås

9420 - 15000 NOK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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