International Relations & Political Science

Theoretical grounding and rigorous training in international relations and political science.

International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

The International Relations/Political Science Department offers a highly innovative, cosmopolitan and enriching academic environment. The mission of the department is to provide MA and PhD students with theoretical grounding and rigorous training in the fields of International Relations/Political Science.

Our study programmes combine intellectual rigour with a highly varied set of substantive specialties and courses in order to train sophisticated researchers able to achieve excellence in our own scholarly discipline and connect it to other disciplines as well as to the professional world. We therefore concentrate on helping our students develop both fundamental analytical skills and in-depth specializations. The aim is to enable them to work and conduct research in a variety of settings: governments, international organisations, NGOs, businesses and academia.

Our internationally recruited faculty works with a broad array of different theoretical and methodological approaches. It comprises scholars drawing on critical, feminist, pragmatist, ethnographic and aesthetic traditions as well as scholars working with network analysis, design theory, forecasting, agent-based modelling, and rational institutionalism. Our faculty works on issues ranging from environmental governance, international security and trade to electoral politics, labour relations, expertise, gender, sensory politics and beyond. Some anchor their research in a specific area others are generalists. We are resolutely pluralist in our approach to politics and international relations. For more information, consult our faculty profiles.

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Master Students Placement after Graduation

Data collected since 2008 shows that after graduation, International Relations/Political Science master students have been employed in all four sectors:

  • The public sector attracted 32% of our alumni, from which more than half work in international organisations and approximately one-quarter work for foreign governments.
  • The next popular sector is represented by the third sector, where our graduates are employed at NGOs and think tanks.
  • 25% of our Master graduates either continued their studies towards a PhD or conducted research work as part of an academic institution

PhD-Students Placement after Graduation

Information gathered since 2008 shows that after graduation, International Relations/Political Science PhD students have been employed in all four sectors:

  • The academic sector was the most popular with 39% of our alumni conducting research work at an academic institution.
  • The public sector appealed to 34% of our alumni from which three-quarters work in international organisations.
  • The third sector attracted 16% of our graduates with more than half of them working for think tanks.
  • The private sector accounted for 11% of our PhD graduates, most of them working in consulting, banking, finance and insurance organisations

Contact us


Anna LeanderProf. Anna Leander| Head of the Department

Office: P2-643

The Head of the Department sets the strategic direction of the curricula and is responsible for coordinating the overall academic content.


Margaux SchaarMargaux Schaar | Department Manager

Office: Maison de la paix, P1-640
Phone: +41 22 908 59 58

The Departmental Manager supports the efforts of the Head of Department in the successful coordination of the department.

Mailing Address

International Relations & Political Science
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
Case Postale 1672
CH-1211 Genève 1


The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, on the corner of Avenue de France. You may take tram 15 until the Maison de la paix stop or, alternatively, walk a few minutes from the stop at Place des Nations.