M.A. On Campus

EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies

12 months
26000 EUR/year
26000 EUR/year
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The one-year EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies programme of the College of Europe offers an exciting study programme for applicants who are already familiar with the European Union, its institutions and decision-making processes and would like to specialise in EU diplomacy and the European Union external action.


Why study the Master of Arts in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus?

The accredited EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies programme of the College of Europe provides expertise in all aspects of the EU's external relations (foreign and security policy, trade, development, international financial relations, immigration, asylum, etc.), the EU's external representation and relations with major countries and regions in the world as well as certain professional skills such as political risk analysis, Public Relations, impact assessment or project management. Students thus learn to understand the multifaceted international role of the EU in connection with the functioning of the complex EU system, and they acquire the sound theoretical and practical knowledge needed to succeed in a variety of careers in national, European and international affairs.

First Semester

In the first semester, starting in mid-September, students follow several compulsory courses. They ensure the necessary background with regard to the political, legal and economic aspects of the EU’s external relations and the practice of modern diplomacy. In addition, an introductory course is offered on EU institutions and decision-making.

Second Semester

In the second semester, starting in January, students choose among a range of optional courses. They explore in depth selected topics that were broadly introduced to them during the compulsory courses, thus giving them the opportunity to study specific areas of interest more closely and interactively.The selected courses cover at least three of the folllowing thematic clusters: "security, justice and values ", "foreign economic relations and sustainable development ", "bi- and multilateral diplomacy" and "professional skills".

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The EU in a Global Political Economy Context
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy
  • International and EU Negotiation Analysis
  • European Diplomacy in the 21st Century
  • External Dimensions of EU Internal Policies
  • Legal Aspects of the EU’s External Relations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Excellent university diploma, primarily in one of the following fields: Political Science, International Relations, European Studies, Diplomatic Studies, Law, Economics, Contemporary European history
  • Professional experience
  • Language knowledge (French, English and other)
  • Names and e-mail addresses of 2 professors in order for you to send a reference request to them via the online application system
  • CV in Europass format
  • Copy of your university degree(s) - document(s) in the original language and translation into English or French - high school diploma not needed
  • Transcripts from your University, Faculty, School, detailing results for every year of your studies and grades obtained
  • Erasmus studies: mention your Erasmus experience as a separate ‘degree’
  • Passport or national identity card 
  • Passport photo 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26000 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    26000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26000 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Bruges

720 - 800 EUR /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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