THEORETICAL GROUNDING AND RIGOROUS TRAINING IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE


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.

BUILDING A CAREER


90% of our students find work within four months of graduation. Recent alumni have secured employment with the United Nations, European Commission, Médecins Sans Frontières, HSBC, World Economic Forum, UBS and elsewhere. Others have taken up doctoral, post-doctoral or faculty positions at Cambridge University, Harvard, Sciences Po, Oxford University, Princeton and LSE, to mention just a few.


Where the Alumni of the Geneva Graduate Institute work one year after their graduation:

A cosmopolitan ENVIRONMENT


With roughly 1,000 students from 100 countries are enrolled in our various programmes, the Geneva Graduate Institute is home to students from all over the world. We are serving a very diverse community in the heart of International Geneva: nearly 20-25% of people in the Swiss city are connected to an international institution. The Institute’s close ties with the international community are reflected in the five social science disciplines taught here, all imbued with a global perspective. 

MASTER IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS / POLITICAL SCIENCE

120 ECTS

  • Two-year programme that develops solid, wide-ranging expertise in international relations
  • Courses include comparative politics, conflict studies, political economy, international governance and methodology
  • Combines coursework, workshops, research and a dissertation
  • Students have extensive access to political science faculty
  • Prepares students for doctoral studies, research activities and public or private careers in different aspects of the international relations and political science field


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PHD IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS / POLITICAL SCIENCE

 

  • Stand-alone four-year PhD programme or fast-track master’s/doctoral programme allowing students to complete a master’s and PhD within five years
  • Designed to prepare students for a research-focused career in international relations
  • Access to Digital Skills workshops for comprehensive training in relevant technological tools and methodologies.


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TUITION FEES


MASTER PROGRAMME 

  • Swiss residents: CHF 5,000 per year 
  • Non-residents: CHF 8,000 per year
  • Possibility to apply to scholarships

PHD PROGRAMME TUITION FEES

  • First year: CHF 3,000 
  • Subsequent years: CHF 1,000
  • All PhD admission offers are accompanied by a financial support package, covering the four years of the PhD programme.

The Graduate Institute strives to support talented scholars from around the world with financial aid to enable our MA and PhD students to complete their studies with less pressure.
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES