Master of International Politics 12 months Postgraduate Program By KU Leuven |Top Universities
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Program Duration

12 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

7,518 EURTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Program overview

Main Subject

Politics

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of International Politics

The KU Leuven's Master of Science in International Politics approaches key issues in international politics from a scientific perspective. You will be prepared for careers in political institutions, NGOs and research organisations in the EU and around the world.

About the programme 

Are you interested in how the United States compete with other military and economic powers? Would you like to know how peace processes evolve and which role diplomats play? Are you curious about the measures the European Union is taking against climate change? Do you want to gain insight into the processes behind international development cooperation? Are you interested in the current and future challenges of a globalizing world? 

The Master of Science in International Politics (MIP) is a one-year Master's programme that aims to provide you with the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to study governance in a globalizing world. You will learn to anticipate and find solutions for complex global challenges in diplomacy, peace processes and conflict resolution, international development cooperation, environmental politics and political economy. Moreover, you will study regional political developments in Europe, North America, China, Russia and Eurasia.

The MIP programme gives you the opportunity to study at one of Europe's oldest and most well-established universities and to engage in international affairs at all levels. The programme is both promoted and supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences and rejoices in regular interaction with developments in and outside political institutions in Brussels.

Programme structure

​​​​In the Master of International Politics, you will gain knowledge and insight into a wide range of theoretical perspectives in several domains of international politics. You will learn how to combine this theoretical knowledge with (methodological) research skills to conduct empirical or comparative research in an academic and professional context. In addition, the programme pays significant attention to the practical challenges professionals in the field are facing today.

Career perspectives

Graduated students of the Master of International Politics will have access to a wide range of employment pathways across various sectors, including the private, governmental and non-governmental sectors at the national, European and international levels. They will be able to compete for a career in academia or as a policy- or decision-maker in the political arena. They will have the necessary skills to work as a regional expert, UN consultant, an employee in a non-profit organisation, project coordinator, policy adviser, researcher, diplomat or journalist.​

Program overview

Main Subject

Politics

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of International Politics

The KU Leuven's Master of Science in International Politics approaches key issues in international politics from a scientific perspective. You will be prepared for careers in political institutions, NGOs and research organisations in the EU and around the world.

About the programme 

Are you interested in how the United States compete with other military and economic powers? Would you like to know how peace processes evolve and which role diplomats play? Are you curious about the measures the European Union is taking against climate change? Do you want to gain insight into the processes behind international development cooperation? Are you interested in the current and future challenges of a globalizing world? 

The Master of Science in International Politics (MIP) is a one-year Master's programme that aims to provide you with the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to study governance in a globalizing world. You will learn to anticipate and find solutions for complex global challenges in diplomacy, peace processes and conflict resolution, international development cooperation, environmental politics and political economy. Moreover, you will study regional political developments in Europe, North America, China, Russia and Eurasia.

The MIP programme gives you the opportunity to study at one of Europe's oldest and most well-established universities and to engage in international affairs at all levels. The programme is both promoted and supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences and rejoices in regular interaction with developments in and outside political institutions in Brussels.

Programme structure

​​​​In the Master of International Politics, you will gain knowledge and insight into a wide range of theoretical perspectives in several domains of international politics. You will learn how to combine this theoretical knowledge with (methodological) research skills to conduct empirical or comparative research in an academic and professional context. In addition, the programme pays significant attention to the practical challenges professionals in the field are facing today.

Career perspectives

Graduated students of the Master of International Politics will have access to a wide range of employment pathways across various sectors, including the private, governmental and non-governmental sectors at the national, European and international levels. They will be able to compete for a career in academia or as a policy- or decision-maker in the political arena. They will have the necessary skills to work as a regional expert, UN consultant, an employee in a non-profit organisation, project coordinator, policy adviser, researcher, diplomat or journalist.​

Admission requirements

Undergraduate

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Admission criteria

Applicants who are holder of the following university degrees obtained outside the Flemish Community can be admitted to the Master of Science in International Politics:

  • Any Bachelor’s degree in the field of Political Sciences.
  • Any Bachelor’s degree in the field of Humanities, provided that at least 30% of the courses cover the field of Political Sciences.
  • Any Master’s degree in the field of Political Sciences.
  • Any Master’s degree in the field of Humanities, provided that at least 30% of the courses cover the field of Political Sciences.

All applicants should have followed at least two courses on research methodology in Social Sciences Sciences (e.g. Introduction to Research Methods, Research Design, Qualitative Research Methods, Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, Research Seminar, …). We expect that for at least one course applicants have written a research proposal/paper.

For the most recent – and only official – information on the admission requirements, please check our webpage.

Student profile

  • You are fascinated by political developments in different continents and the power balance between different political actors.
  • You are curious about the how and why of international politics. 
  • You like to think about the ideal society and what is needed to achieve it.
  • You are critically inclined and want to develop this sharp mind by carrying out your own scientific research.
Among other things, you want to find out ...

  • How peace processes evolve and what role diplomats play in it?
  • How the United States competes with other military and economic powers?
  • What measures the European Union is taking against climate change?
  • Which impact international development cooperation has on the Global South?

1 Year
Sep

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

1,116 EUR
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International Students

7,518 EUR
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