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.

Contact us

Anna Leander

Prof. 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.


Stéphanie Schweitzer | Department Manager
Office: P2-632

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.