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Master in Political Sciences : International Relations

Master in Political Sciences : International Relations

The 2024-2025 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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    • Programme title
      Master in Political Sciences : International Relations
    • Programme mnemonic
    • Programme organised by
      • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
    • Degree type
      Master 120 credits
    • Tier
      2nd cycle
    • Field and branch of study
      Human and social sciences/Political and social sciences
    • Schedule type
    • Languages of instruction
      english / french
    • Theoretical programme duration
      2 years
    • Campus
    • Category / Topic
      Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences
    • Jury President
      Corinne TORREKENS
    • Jury Secretary
      Martin DELEIXHE



    General information

    Degree type

    Master 120 credits

    Theoretical programme duration

    2 years

    Learning language(s)

    english / french

    Schedule type




    Category(ies) - Topic(s)

    Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences

    Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)


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    More generally, the programme also gives students key skills for their future careers: coherent and well-structured oral and written expression, the ability to retrieve and manage information, and language skills—which are a key aspect to finding a job. Students are regularly encouraged to read English documents, and a number of courses are taught in English.

    The Master in political science, specialized in international relations, combines a number of different teaching methods. Students are encouraged to follow courses but also seminars, and to compile and present personal projects linked with field research. The end-of-course dissertation enables students to actively apply the knowledge acquired in previous study years.

    The Master in political science and specialized in international relations has been designed to provide students with a high-impact training as interesting as possible, but also designed to easily open the door to meaningful employment. At the ULB, the political science program specialized in international relations also profits from the pooling of a significant number of courses with the Institute of European Studies, one of the best in Europe, and with the Centre of International Law, of similar international renown.

    There is a great tradition of student exchanges in political science, involving numerous universities in the European Union and Central European countries, as well as with North American universities (Canada, Quebec, USA).

    Students can spend a term or a whole year abroad. For the students who have already been in an exchange programme at the bachelor level, they can also do an internship abroad (Erasmus placement).

    The Faculty has also concluded new agreements for a joint master’s degree in political science with LUISS in Rome.

    Access conditions


    The Master in Political Science specialised in international relations enables students to become first-rate political scientists in the field of international relations. The goal is for students to acquire specific skills that prepare them for a job in a European institution or with an international organisation such as the UN (or one of its organisations), the World Bank, the OECD, international NGOs, etc., or for a forecasting job in the private sector, with a particular focus on banking and insurance.

    Students in this programme must pick one of the following specialisations:

    Globalisation and public policies or Security, peace, conflicts.

    A joint degree programme in political science has been set up with our partner universities. This programme is accessible to students selected by academic coordinators. Applicants must have validated 60 credits of their Master in Political Science or international relations (see admission requirements).

    What's next ?


    At the end of their studies at ULB in political science specialised in international relations, students will find themselves well equipped to take on a wide range of jobs in various sectors: European public administration, international careers, teaching and research, forecasting in the private sector (geopolitics, geostrategy, etc.), for instance in the banking and insurance sectors.

    • Work at all levels in politics and social affairs (political parties, unions, employer organisations, lobbies) and political offices

    • Civil service at the local, regional, national, and European level, international careers (diplomatic service, international institutions such as the UN, the OECD, or the Council of Europe)

    • Supervising positions in the non-profit sector (registered charities, NGOs, humanitarian organisations, local communities/administrations)

    • Work as analysts in the private sector (e.g. banking)

    • Public relations and journalism (printed press, broadcasting): spokesperson, journalist, PR officer