Brussels School of International Studies

 

MA International Relations

Key facts

 

Location: Brussels.
Duration:

  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time.
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.
Fees and funding: More information.
Entry requirements: More information.
Apply online now: Kent application for graduate study.

 

 

Day after day we experience what it means to live in an internationalising world. Grasping its essence, however, is all but evident. The MA in International Relations tries to grasp the complexity of international processes and to offer the necessary tools to understand its different dimensions (political, legal, economic) and the role of various actors (states, international organisations, business, etc.). The programme is built on the interaction of theory (how we approach the world), method (how we explore the world) and substance (what we know about the world). Students can choose five out of seven courses from a wide variety of electives. This allows them to assemble their personal programme, tailored to their interests and background.

The programme builds on the long tradition of the University of Kent as a leading university in the field of international relations. By offering an MA in International Relations in Brussels, we place this expertise in the unique context of a European and international capital, host to the EU and NATO. More than a context, this aspect of Brussels as hotspot of international policy-making is actively integrated into the programme and reflected in the high number of high-profile diplomats and policy-makers lecturing at BSIS.

The aims of the MA in International Relations are to:

  • Provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them a good grounding in the study of international relations, including its political, social, and economic aspects
  • Examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact through a dynamic appreciation of different levels of analysis
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of the methodologies for the study of international processes
  • Ensure that students acquire a solid knowledge of theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, its major debates, its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study, and a critical appreciation of the essentially contested nature of politics in general and international relations in particular
  • Ensure that students acquire an advanced understanding of the relationship between theoretical, methodological, and empirical content of the issue-areas studied
  • Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in particular through a substantial dissertation
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Programme Structure:

The MA in International Relations is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

MA in International Relations:

To be awarded an MA in International Relations in the standard version (90 ECTS), students must take:
Three modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory.

and:

Either - a further three modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here. 
Or
 - if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further three modules as detailed below.

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO930 Critical Approaches to Security
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO929 Development Theory and Practice*
PO904 Politics of International Development*
EC878 Development Economics
LW885 Law and Development
PO881 State, Market and Society
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO932 International Relations Theory
LW814 Public International Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging

PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration

PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in International Relations. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than three law modules.

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MA in International Relations - Extended Programme:

To be awarded an MA in International Relations in the extended version (120 ECTS), students must take:
Four modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory.

and

Either - a further five modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here
Or
 - if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further five modules as detailed below:

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO930 Critical Approaches to Security
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO929 Development Theory and Practice*
PO904 Politics of International Development*
EC878 Development Economics
LW885 Law and Development
PO881 State, Market and Society
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO901 International Relations Theory for Lawyers
LW814 Public International Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in International Relations. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme may not take more than four law modules.  

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Name Alix Maréchal
Programme International Relations
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I’m Alix Maréchal, I'm currently enrolled in the MA International Relations here at the University of Kent- Brussels School of International Studies. If you are looking for great human experience and an international environment , BSIS is the perfect fit for you.
Through my background in international trade and European Affairs, I have developed an expertise in the legal and economic functioning of the internal market as well as in development. I am also familiar with the public and private sectors. For instance, my internship at the United States Embassy in the US commercial department allowed me to witness how trade policies have a direct impact on the export strategies of multinational firms. I investigated the dynamics in EU policy-making from the private sector’s perspective when putting together a lobbying strategy for the pharmaceutical firm Novartis. I now aspire to further develop my expertise in the field of International relations as well as the connection with economic exchanges and the functioning of institutions. It is one of the main reasons that I chose the International Relations programme at Kent University.
I’m one of the rare Belgium students at the BSIS, so don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about my country. I would be glad to help you.

 

 

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