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