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Masters in International Relations

As international connections, communication and collaboration become increasingly important across all areas of life, it’s unsurprising to find a corresponding increase in demand for graduates from the field of international relations. The most-coveted international relations careers – such as positions in high-profile international organizations – are hotly contested, and studying a specialized Masters in International Relations is a definite asset, particularly if combined with international experience.

Demand for IR has existed throughout recorded history – for as long as distinct human communities have sought ways to communicate, to control or conquer one another, and to trade and collaborate. But the field was only formally established as part of the higher education portfolio within the last century. The first dedicated department for international relations was founded in the UK at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1924.

Today, common international relations topics and specializations include conflict and peace-making; comparative foreign policy; environmental policy; human rights; trade and financial regulation; international law; diplomatic tools and processes; migration and refugees; international security; and the role of international organizations such as the European Union.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a Masters in International Relations include:

  • Understanding of contemporary world politics and foreign policy
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to analyze arguments and evidence rigorously
  • Ability to present a persuasive argument