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 important developments in the fields of International Relations/Political Science.

The study programmes offered combine intellectual rigour with a highly varied set of substantive specialties and courses in order to train sophisticated generalists. We concentrate on helping our students develop analytical skills that 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. While several approach the subject with what might broadly be termed a constructivist or broadly critical orientation, the faculty also includes a game theorist, a feminist theorist, an agent-based modeler, a linguistic analyst and a rational institutionalist.

New book

Governing through Expertise: The Politics of Bioethics

The latest book by Professor Annabelle Littoz-Monnet on bioethical expertise provides us with a fresh analysis of the enmeshment of expert knowledge with politics in global governance.
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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

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Stephanie HofmannProf. Stéphanie Hofmann| Head of the Department

Office: P2-838

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.