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International and European Relations

Course Description

Degree: Master of Social Science (120 credits) with a major in Political Science – orientation towards International and European Relations

Teaching language: English

This programme puts issues related to European relations within a context of international society and global governance. It is intended for those who have a strong interest in international politics and global perspectives, with special focus on Europe and Europe’s role in world affairs.

Students will be equipped with the skills necessary to face the challenges of an increasingly competitive and globalised labour market. The programme also provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the general field of international and European relations. The programme is divided into four components, each equivalent to one term:

  • International relations
  • European relations
  • International governance/Guided internship
  • Master’s thesis.

The curriculum consists of topics ranging from international law and security, to European institutions and Europe’s external relations, theories of international relations and organisation, foreign policy analysis, contemporary issues of international governance, and research design and methodology. During the third term, students have the option of either taking courses with a general focus on international and global governance, or to pursue a guided internship with an organisation of relevance for international or European relations.

By the end of the programme students will have developed an independent critical approach to complex global, and specifically European, issues. Furthermore, students will gain the skills and knowledge to contribute actively to important developments, either as practitioners or as researchers. Students will also be able to:

  • Understand the history, theory and contemporary implications of international and European relations, as well as the forces that drive developments
  • Acquire the tools to reflect upon and analyse the dynamics of contemporary international and European relations
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of issues regarding international governance and their significance
  • Independently design a research question, conduct inquiries and then report on scientific matters within international and European relations.

The programme staff are engaged in research concerning international theory and the development of international norms and institutions, European security and foreign relations, European politics, regional development, political economy, e-governance, migration and diaspora studies, policy analysis and political theory.

Visit the International and European Relations page on the Linköping University web site for more details!

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Free of charge for EU-citizens - 20+ Awards

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Value of Scholarship(s)

Free of charge for EU-citizens


Free of charge for EU-citizens

Application Procedure

Free of charge for EU-citizens

Further Information


LiU International Scholarships - 20+ Awards

LiU International Scholarships are aimed at supporting international students with significant academic potential from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland) who are required to pay tuition fees. We offer a limited number of LiU International Scholarships to new students. The tuition fees for a student awarded a LiU International Scholarship are reduced by 25, 50, 75 or 100%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25-75% tuition fee waiver


Students who have applied for a master’s programme at Linköping University on time (15 January , AND
- have chosen a master’s programme at Linköping University as their first priority
(ranked as number 1 of 4) AND
- have been admitted to their first choice in the First Notification of Selection Results
(6 April 2018), AND
- are required to pay tuition fees.

Application Procedure

Admitted students will be invited to apply in early April.

Further Information

Entry Requirements

- Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within political science, international relations, economics, history, geography,
law, media studies, sociology and other social sciences - and for students with other disciplinary backgrounds who can demonstrate an
ability to develop their potential in the subject area.

- English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B).

Course Fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees All others: 160,000 SEK (approx. 19,000 USD/ 16,000 Euro)

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