World Politics and International Relations

University of Pavia

24 months
3187 EUR/year
3187 EUR/year
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The two-year Master of Arts in World Politics and International Relations at University of Pavia is taught entirely in English, and includes core courses with a comparative and international focus.


The comparative courses in Politics, Political Economy, and History of Government study the different political systems of the world as outcomes of path dependent economic and political structures and developments. The courses in International Relations, History of International Relations, and International Law study how the interactions among political systems have unfolded in the most important geopolitical settings.

Graduates in Master of Arts in World Politics and International Relations at University of Pavia who have successfully participated in all the core courses are able to:

  •  analyse and explain contemporary international phenomena, including identifying and assessing the positions and interests of key international subjects, drawing on theoretical insights from more than one discipline;
  •  identify important historical continuities and changes in international relations and in the machinery of diplomacy;
  •  recognize and interpret key aspects of governmental institutions and processes, such as political participation and elections, presidential vs. parliamentary rule, federalism and the nation-building process, and their possible effects on foreign policy;
  • analyse, evaluate, and discuss different international, European and domestic legal frameworks and apply them critically to specific international phenomena such as migration and human rights violations;
  • formulate and communicate rigorous arguments, whether explanatory (social scientific) or prescriptive (ethical or legal), applied to a global or international context;
  • engage in negotiations in an international context, including preparing files for international negotiators and contributing to efficient teamwork.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Politics 
  •  Economic Models of Politics
  •  History of International Relations 
  •  Comparative History of Government 
  • Human Rights and International Justice
  •  Explanatory Models in International Relations  
  • History of Diplomacy 
  • Migration and the Law
  • Regional Integration and Public Policy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  •  A first (at least three-year) degree covering one or more of the humanities or social sciences and including at least 36 credits (ECTS or international equivalent) in one or more of the following areas:  demography, economics (not including business studies) and statistics; modern or contemporary history; political studies (including political philosophy) ; public, private or international law; sociology.
  • For students taking their first degree at an Italian University, these disciplinary areas are given official classifications (settori scientifici disciplinari).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3187 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3187 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3187 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3187 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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