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Small State Studies - Small States in Europe, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #351 (WUR) Reykjavik, Iceland
The Faculty of Political Science and the Centre for Small States offer a Master in Small State Studies - Small States in Europe at University of Iceland.


The Master in Small State Studies - Small States in Europe at University of Iceland offers a detailed study of small state theories based on the literature on the state and the international system. 

It also emphasizes:

  • the opportunities and constraints facing small states in Europe
  • how they are affected by and have responded to the process of European integration
  • new security threats
  • globalization and other challenges.

Special attention is devoted to the Nordic states and their reactions to European integration. Another particular focus will be on Iceland's position - as a small state - in the international system. A detailed study of small states in Europe and internationally has never been so important. A vast majority of member states in today's European Union are most often categorised as small states.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Power Potential of Small States in the European Union     
  • Small States Theory: Opportunities and Constraints of Small States in the International System  
  • European Security Institutions and Small States   
  • Term Paper in Small States Studies  
  • Small States and Arctic Governance  
  • Small States in Europe: Towards a cross-disciplinary approach   
  • Term Paper: Small States in Europe: Towards a cross-disciplinary approach 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Satisfactory Grade Average
  • Adequate command of English
  • Completion of Preparatory Reading List before enrolment

Tuition Fee

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The University of Iceland does not charge tuition fees, but the annual registration fee is currently ISK 75,000(535EUR).

Living costs for Reykjavík

  • 178929 - 290400 ISK/month
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