International RelationsRelazioni internazionali (REL)

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field LM-52 International relations
Application and Admission Open with entry requirements examination. How to apply.
Course Duration 2 years - See the Plan of study
Course Attendance Not mandatory
Course Language English Curriculum International politics and regional dynamics; Italian other curricula
Course Location via Conservatorio 7 - Milano
Head of Studies Francesca Villata
Course Website Programme Description



Course Objectives and Structure

The Master’s Degree in International Relations (REL) is an advanced, multidisciplinary programme that enables students to understand and master the complexities of contemporary international relations.

The aim of this Master’s Degree  is to provide a highly qualified education in the political, legal, economic and historical dimensions of contemporary international relations. Based on a multidisciplinary and critical methodology, the Program teaches students how to effectively approach interactions among governments, international organizations, multinational companies and non-governmental actors.

Each student will choose among four different majors (“curricula”): (A) Diplomacy and International Organizations; (B) International Trade and European Integration; (C) International Politics and Regional Dynamics; and (D) International Cooperation and Transnational Social Processes. Curriculum C is entirely taught in English.

During their academic career, students are strongly encouraged to take part in mobility programmes, including the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and several other cooperation agreements established by the University of Milan. Host institutions include Université Paris-Sorbonne, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University College London, Aarhus University and other prestigious universities.

In order to support students throughout their academic career, the programme offers a counselling service and seminars on learning strategies and methods.



Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted, prospective students are required:

  • to hold a bachelor degree in a relevant major
  • to prove their knowledge of certain subjects by submitting a transcript of their bachelor degree
  • to pass an admission test that takes place twice a year, in September and December.

For further details on the entry requirements and on the admission test, please refer to the programme’s website.



Career Prospects

With their multidisciplinary and dynamic background, our graduates are well placed for high-level employment in governmental institutions and in private entities with a strong international outlook. 

Potential destinations include the national diplomatic service, international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs, think tanks. In their search for a job, graduates are supported by a career service and by seminars on job search methods and tools. 

According to a 2013 survey, more than 70 percent of our graduates find a job within 12 months from graduation.



Study Plan


Curriculum A – Diplomacy and International Organisations

I YEAR
Foreign Policy Analysis
Diplomatic and Consular Law 
Economics and Techniques of International Trade 
International Political Systems 
English II 
One exam among the following, depending on previous academic career:

  • Sub-curriculum A1
    Comparative Constitutional Law
    International Law of Armed Conflicts
  • Sub-curriculum A2
    International Organisation Law 

II YEAR
International Economic and Environmental Law 
International Monetary Economics
History of International Politics 
One exam to be chosen among the following:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • German

Elective course 
Internship or advanced language course 
Advanced computer skills 
Dissertation 


Curriculum B – International Trade and European Integration

I YEAR
Business Economics 
European Regulatory Economics 
English II 
21 ECTS among the following exams, depending on previous academic career:

  • Sub-curriculum B1
    Law of International Financial Markets (second unit)
    Comparative Legal Systems
    Financial Markets and Financial Crises: a Historical Approach
  • Sub-curriculum B2
    International Trade Law
    Private Law
    Private International Law 

II YEAR
International Contracts and Arbitration Law 
Single Market and Competition Law (first unit) 
Corporate Finance 
One exam to be chosen among the following:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • German  

Elective course 
Internship or advanced language course 
Advanced computer skills 
Dissertation 


Curriculum C – International Politics and Regional Dynamics

I YEAR
Geopolitics of the Contemporary International System 
International Monetary Economics 
History of Regional Integrations 
International Law of Armed Conflicts 
One exam to be chosen among the following:

  • History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • American History and Politics
  • History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East
  • History and Politics of the Far East 

English II 

II YEAR
International Economic Law 
Constitution-Building and Transition to Democracy 
International Political Thought 
One exam to be chosen among the following:

  • History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • American History and Politics
  • History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East
  • History and Politics of the Far East 

One exam to be chosen among the following:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • German 

Elective course 
Internship or advanced language course 
Advanced computer skills 
Dissertation 


Curriculum D - International Cooperation and Transnational Social Processes

I YEAR
International Trade Law 
International Monetary Economics 
Migration Policies 
Human Rights and Cultural Diversity 
Global Societies 
Anthropology of Human Rights 
English II  

II YEAR
Global Crime 
Evaluation and Design of Development Policies 
One exam to be chosen among the following:

  • History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • History and Institutions in Latin America
  • American History and Politics
  • History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East
  • History and Politics of the Far East 

One exam to be chosen among the following:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • German 

Elective course 
Internship or advanced language course 
Advanced computer skills 
Dissertation