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Master's Programme in International Administration and Global Governance

The Master's Programme International Administration and Global Governance (IAGG) prepares students for professional careers, as well as post-graduate research related to the field of international affairs.

The aim of the programme

The aim of the programme is to provide the skills and knowledge needed to formulate, analyze and evaluate policy related to long-term political, economic and social development. Through interdisciplinary coursework, independent research projects and an internship, students gain both theoretical insights as well as the practical skills and knowledge to work in organisations involved in international issues.

Coursework the first semester

Explores the historical development of the international system, with focus on the relations among international organisations and between international organisations and various state and non-state actors. 

Students will explore the primary policy theories in areas such as peace and conflict studies, and economic, social and political development. Why have some policy ideas been embraced and others not? What ramifications have theories of development policy had, and for whom? Understanding how schools of thought develop, gain footing in the international arena and are, or fail to be, implemented at the international, national or local levels sheds light on the factors that enable or limit efforts to effect change in the world.

Through analyses of specific cases in international economic, political and social development, the courses develop students ability to forecast the effects of different policy approaches, and provide the skills needed to develop policy proposals and strategies for shaping the policy agenda.

Coursework the second and third semesters

The second and third semesters offer opportunities for pursuing individual areas of interest through elective courses, an optional internship or studies abroad. A research methods course in the third semester equips students with advanced knowledge of social science research methods aimed to help student with their thesis work.

IAGG offers four different methods courses that cater more to the level of student methodological knowledge and desired methodological track – quantitative or qualitative – with the intent of providing student with a higher quality flexibility in their methods training. If you have taken a methods course before you can choose any of the four methods courses, if you have no earlier methods experience, you can choose between two courses, the quantitative SF2324 Introduction to Applied Research Design and Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists and the qualitative SF2323 Applied Qualitative Research Methods, problems and design.

Coursework the forth semester

The thesis work during the final semester offers an opportunity to apply and further develop the methodological skills and area expertise from previous semesters in an in-depth research project.

The program is offered jointly by the Department of Economics, the Department of Political Science, and the School of Global Studies.

Double degree option

The education offers two double degree options, the first co-operation is with University of Konstanz (separate application code) and the other is with Fudan University in Shanghai. During the first semester of the first year of the programme, students can apply for the Double Degree Programme with Fudan University. If accepted, the student will complete their second year at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) at Fudan University in Shanghai, and receive a Master’s degree from both universities. For more information see Double degree options.

Alumni interview

Clara Canova is a former student at IAGG. Today she has a career in business and digital innovation, working as Project Officer & Business Innovation Specialist at an Italian consulting firm. Take part of the interview with Clara here.

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