International Relations (REL)

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Master programme
A.Y. 2021/2022
LM-52 - International relations
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian, English
The post-graduate degree programme in International Relations aims to provide a highly qualified learning programme in the political, legal, economic and historical disciplines. Particular attention is given to the development of the graduate's understanding of the international framework of political, economic and social phenomena. The programme is therefore characterised by a multi-disciplinary and open approach to international issues.
Career-wise, the International Relations graduates acquire the knowledge that allows them to pursue careers in international and supranational organizations as well as in diplomacy, in national and multinational companies active in foreign trade, in public and private institutions active in the field of development cooperation, and in national and supranational financial institutions.

A. Diplomacy and International Organizations:
1. Diplomatic career
2. Regional or universal intergovernmental organizations
3. National or supranational legislative offices
4. Policy making

B. International trade and European integration
Companies involved in international trade
Credit institutions and financial intermediaries, insurance companies
Management and business control
International organizations involved in international trade
Customs services

C. International Politics and Regional Dynamics
Analysis and Research - Strategic Political and International Legal Studies
Study centers of multinational companies
Think-tank
International rating agencies
Study offices of trade associations
Italian or foreign public and private research institutes

E. International Cooperation and Human Rights
Intergovernmental organizations active in the field of development cooperation
Non-governmental institutes operating in the field of international cooperation
Policy-making
Humanitarian assistance, immigration management
Cultural exchange and promotion

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

Admission requirements:

Admission into the Bachelor's degree programme in International Studies and European Institutions is conditional upon earning a secondary-school diploma, or other equivalent foreign diploma. Students must also have a skill set and knowledge base allowing them to successfully follow the study programme. More specifically, a basic knowledge in the area of language and communication, as well as logic and mathematics, is required.

 Candidates are likewise required to prove English language proficiency at a B2 level (or higher) under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

In order to safeguard educational quality standards in relation to available resources, pursuant to art. 2 of Law 264/1999, enrolment in the degree programme is capped to 400 students, plus a quota of 20 non-EU students residing abroad. Admission to the programme is subject to a mandatory online test delivered by CISIA (Interuniversity Consortium for Integrated Access Systems): TOLC-E. 

The candidate's educational background will be assessed through the admission test. Applicants must achieve the minimum scores set forth in the call for applications for the three areas of the TOLC-E test.

Two admission sessions will be held – one in the spring for 220 places, and one in the summer for 180 places, and any remaining places from the spring session.

Students admitted with a lower score in one or more of these areas will have to fulfil additional learning requirements (OFA), by attending courses or workshops, including online, or reading supplementary study materials. The OFA shall be satisfied and assessed within year I of the programme. For information on how to fulfil the OFA, please refer to the University portal, Study area of the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences.

Students who do not fulfil these requirements within the deadline will not be able to take any exams for subsequent years.

English-language OFA - Proficiency level B2

In order to take the English language exam required by the study plan, students must be proficient in English at a B2 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This proficiency level may be certified as follows:

Through a language certificate, earned within three years prior to the date of submission, at a B2 level or higher (for the list of language certificates recognised by the University, please review: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/placement-test-test-di-ingresso-e-corsi-di-inglese). The certificate must be uploaded upon enrolment;

Through a Placement Test delivered by the University Language Centre (SLAM) during year I only, from October to December. Students who fail the test will be required to take a SLAM course.

The Placement Test is mandatory for all students who fail to submit a valid certificate.

Those who do not sit the Placement Test by December, or who fail to pass the end-of-course test within six attempts, must obtain a paid certificate by the programme year contemplated for their exam in English.

Course attendance: 

Attendance is strongly recommended.

International Relations - B61.

Admission requirements:

General admission requirements for candidates holding a Bachelor's degree earned in Italy, including English language proficiency

Admission into the Master's degree programme in International Relations is conditional upon the following requirements:

meeting specific admission requirements (including curricular and academic career requirements)

passing an entrance assessment test.

Eligible degrees

Bachelor's degrees in: Philosophy (L-5), Geography (L-6), Humanities (L-10), Modern languages and cultures (L-11), Language mediation (L-12), Legal services (L-14), Tourism (L-15), Administration (L-16), Business administration (L-18), Communication (L-20), Economics (L-33), Political sciences and international relations (L-36), Social sciences for cooperation, development and peace (L-37), Social service (L-39), History (L-42) and in the corresponding classes under Ministerial Decree 509/99; degrees in other classes, four-year or master's degrees, equivalent qualifications earned abroad, subject to a resolution by the Academic Board, provided that the candidate earned a number of academic credits in certain academic fields as specified in the Study Programme.

Curricular requirements

Graduates of the above programmes must also meet the following curricular requirements:

having earned at least 60 credits in the following academic fields, of which:

a) at least 9 credits in the following academic fields: SECS-P/01 - Political economy; SECS-P/02 - Economic policy; SECS-P/03 - Finance; SECS-P/06 - Applied economics

b) at least 15 credits in the following academic fields: IUS/01 - Private law; IUS/02 - Comparative private law; IUS/04 - Business law; IUS/05 - Economic law; IUS/07 - Labour law; IUS/08 - Constitutional law; IUS/09 - Public law; IUS/10 - Administrative law; IUS/13 - International law; IUS/14 - European Union law; IUS/21 - Comparative public law

c) at least 9 credits in the following academic fields: SPS/01 - Political philosophy; SPS/02 - History of political doctrines; SPS/03 - History of political institutions; SPS/04 - Political science; SPS/06 - History of international relations; IUS/19 - History of medieval and modern law; IUS/20 - Philosophy of law; L-OR/10 - History of Islamic countries; M-STO/02 - Modern history; M-STO/03 - History of Eastern Europe; M-STO/04 - Contemporary history; SECS-P/12 - Economic history

d) at least 9 credits in the following academic field: L-LIN/12 – Language and translation – English, with a mark out of thirty.

This requirement may also be met by submitting a language certificate at or above Level B2 (for the list of language certificates recognized by the University please refer to the website: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/placement-test-test-di-ingresso-e-corsi-di-inglese). The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application.

In light of its international focus, the Master's degree programme in International Relations provides enrolled students with a wide range of options, in terms of foreign institutions where they may follow part of their studies and take exams, in the context of the Erasmus+ Programme. Erasmus+ funded scholarships may be available.
The Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies (DILHPS) - which is responsible for the Master's degree -collaborates with several partner Universities in France, Spain, Eastern Europe (mainly the Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania), as well as in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Norway and the United Kingdom. Moreover, thanks to specific arrangements with some Turkish Universities, students will have the chance to experience life and study in a stimulating cross-cultural environment.
While staying in a partner University, students will be able to pursue their studies, in particular in the fields of International Relations, International and Comparative Law, Public and Private Law, History of International Relations and Politics.
The procedure for the recognition of exams taken abroad consists of two phases: a) before the student leaves, a 'Learning Agreement' will identify the courses that he is authorized to take abroad on the basis of the student's preferences and subject to the agreement of each Professor; b) upon the student's return, the University of Milan will recognize the exams included in the 'Transcript of Records' provided by the partner University and convert the grades received by the student.

Recommended

Courses list

First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
International Economic Geography 6 40 Italian M-GGR/02 SPS/04
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9 60 Italian L-LIN/12
Optional
Law of international organizations 9 60 Italian IUS/13
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Diplomatic and Consular Law 9 60 Italian IUS/13
Optional
Constitutional comparative Law 9 60 Italian IUS/21
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Foreign Policy Analysis 6 40 Italian SPS/04
Geopolitics 6 40 Italian SPS/04
Optional
International Law of Armed Conflict 9 60 English IUS/13
Study plan rules
- Students enrolled in the A1 path must earn 9 ECTS in one of the following courses:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Constitutional comparative Law 9 60 Italian Second trimester IUS/21
International Law of Armed Conflict 9 60 English Third trimester IUS/13
- Students enrolled in the A2 path must earn 6 ECTS in the following course
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Law of international organizations 9 60 Italian First trimester IUS/13
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
Japanese 9 60 Italian L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
International Economic and Environmental Law 9 60 Italian IUS/13
Optional
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
History of International Politics 9 60 Italian SPS/06
International Monetary Economics 6 40 English SECS-P/01
Optional
German 9 60 Italian L-LIN/14
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Spanish 9 60 Spanish L-LIN/07
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 ECTS in one of the following courses
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Arabic 9 60 Italian year L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian year L-OR/21
Japanese 9 60 Italian year L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/21
French 9 60 French First trimester L-LIN/04
German 9 60 Italian Second trimester L-LIN/14
Spanish 9 60 Spanish Third trimester L-LIN/07
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Techniques and Instruments for EU Funded Projects 3 20 Italian IUS/14
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Comparative law, sustainability and food safety 6 40 Italian IUS/02
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
American history, politics and culture through the lens of scandal 9 60 Italian SPS/05
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian INF/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian 3 0 English
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 ECTS as "Elective credits"
- Students must earn 9 ECTS in Internship or Advanced Foreign Language Course
- Students must earn 3 ECTS in Computer skills test
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian Third trimester INF/01
International Organization Law (path A2) is propaedeutic to International Economic and Environmental Law.
Business Administration (curriculum B) is propaedeutic to Corporate Finance.
Private Law and Private International Law (path B2) are propaedeutic to International Contracts and Arbitration Law.
International Law (path C2) is propaedeutic to International Economic Law
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Business Economics 6 40 Italian SECS-P/07
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9 60 Italian L-LIN/12
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
European Regulatory Economics 6 40 English SECS-P/03
Optional
Comparative Private Law 9 60 Italian IUS/02
Financial Markets and Financial Crises: a Historical Approach 6 40 English SECS-P/12
Private Law 6 40 Italian IUS/01
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
International financial Markets Law 6 40 Italian IUS/13
International Private Law 6 40 Italian IUS/13
International Trade and IP Law 9 60 Italian IUS/13
Study plan rules
- Students enrolled in the B1 path must earn 21 ECTS through the following exams
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Comparative Private Law 9 60 Italian Second trimester IUS/02
Financial Markets and Financial Crises: a Historical Approach 6 40 English Second trimester SECS-P/12
International financial Markets Law 6 40 Italian Third trimester IUS/13
- Students enrolled in the B2 path must earn 21 ECTS through the following exams
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Private Law 6 40 Italian Second trimester IUS/01
International Private Law 6 40 Italian Third trimester IUS/13
International Trade and IP Law 9 60 Italian Third trimester IUS/13
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
Japanese 9 60 Italian L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
International Contracts and Arbitration Law 9 60 Italian IUS/13
Single Market and Competition Law 9 60 Italian IUS/14
Optional
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Corporate Finance 9 60 Italian SECS-P/09
Optional
German 9 60 Italian L-LIN/14
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Spanish 9 60 Spanish L-LIN/07
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 ECTS in one of the following courses
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Arabic 9 60 Italian year L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian year L-OR/21
Japanese 9 60 Italian year L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/21
French 9 60 French First trimester L-LIN/04
German 9 60 Italian Second trimester L-LIN/14
Spanish 9 60 Spanish Third trimester L-LIN/07
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Techniques and Instruments for EU Funded Projects 3 20 Italian IUS/14
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Comparative law, sustainability and food safety 6 40 Italian IUS/02
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
American history, politics and culture through the lens of scandal 9 60 Italian SPS/05
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian INF/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian 3 0 English
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 ECTS as "Elective credits"
- Students must earn 9 ECTS in Internship or Advanced Foreign Language Course
- Students must earn 3 ECTS in Computer skills test
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian Third trimester INF/01
International Organization Law (path A2) is propaedeutic to International Economic and Environmental Law.
Business Administration (curriculum B) is propaedeutic to Corporate Finance.
Private Law and Private International Law (path B2) are propaedeutic to International Contracts and Arbitration Law.
International Law (path C2) is propaedeutic to International Economic Law
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9 60 Italian L-LIN/12
Optional
International Law 9 60 English IUS/13
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Geopolitics of the Contemporary International System 9 60 English SPS/04
History of Regional Integrations 6 40 English SPS/06
International Monetary Economics 6 40 English SECS-P/01
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
International Law of Armed Conflict 9 60 English IUS/13
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 6 ECTS through one of the following exams
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
American History and Politics 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/05
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/14
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/13
International Relations of East Asia 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/04
- Students enrolled in the C1 path must earn 9 ECTS through the following exam
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
International Law of Armed Conflict 9 60 English Third trimester IUS/13
- Students enrolled in the C2 path must earn 9 ECTS through the following exam
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
International Law 9 60 English First trimester IUS/13
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
Japanese 9 60 Italian L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
International Economic Law 6 40 English IUS/13
Transnational Constitution-Making 6 40 English IUS/21
Optional
American History and Politics 6 40 English SPS/05
German 9 60 Italian L-LIN/14
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
International Political Thought 6 40 English SPS/04
Optional
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6 40 English SPS/14
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6 40 English SPS/13
International Relations of East Asia 6 40 English SPS/04
Spanish 9 60 Spanish L-LIN/07
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 ECTS in one of the following courses
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Arabic 9 60 Italian year L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian year L-OR/21
Japanese 9 60 Italian year L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/21
French 9 60 French First trimester L-LIN/04
German 9 60 Italian Second trimester L-LIN/14
Spanish 9 60 Spanish Third trimester L-LIN/07
- Students must earn 6 ECTS through one of the following exams (different one from the exam selected in the first year)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
American History and Politics 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/05
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/14
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/13
International Relations of East Asia 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/04
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Techniques and Instruments for EU Funded Projects 3 20 Italian IUS/14
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
American history, politics and culture through the lens of scandal 9 60 Italian SPS/05
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian INF/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian 3 0 English
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 ECTS as "Elective credits"
- Students must earn 9 ECTS in Internship or Advanced Foreign Language Course
- Students must earn 3 ECTS in Computer skills test
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian Third trimester INF/01
International Organization Law (path A2) is propaedeutic to International Economic and Environmental Law.
Business Administration (curriculum B) is propaedeutic to Corporate Finance.
Private Law and Private International Law (path B2) are propaedeutic to International Contracts and Arbitration Law.
International Law (path C2) is propaedeutic to International Economic Law
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights 6 40 English SPS/08
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9 60 Italian L-LIN/12
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global Networks 6 40 English SPS/07
Immigration Policies 9 60 English SPS/10
Theories of Justice and Human Rights 6 40 English IUS/20
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Development Policies 6 40 English SECS-P/01
International Human Rights Law 9 60 English IUS/13
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
Japanese 9 60 Italian L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global Criminal Organizations 6 40 English SPS/09
Optional
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Design and Evaluation of Development Policies 6 40 Italian SPS/07
Optional
American History and Politics 6 40 English SPS/05
German 9 60 Italian L-LIN/14
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6 40 English SPS/14
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6 40 English SPS/13
International Relations of East Asia 6 40 English SPS/04
Spanish 9 60 Spanish L-LIN/07
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 ECTS in one of the following courses
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
French 9 60 French First trimester L-LIN/04
German 9 60 Italian Second trimester L-LIN/14
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Techniques and Instruments for EU Funded Projects 3 20 Italian IUS/14
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
American history, politics and culture through the lens of scandal 9 60 Italian SPS/05
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian INF/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian 3 0 English
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 ECTS as "Elective credits"
- Students must earn 9 ECTS in Internship or Advanced Foreign Language Course
- Students must earn 3 ECTS in Computer skills test
- Students must earn 6 ECTS through one of the following exams
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
American History and Politics 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/05
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/14
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/13
International Relations of East Asia 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/04
International Organization Law (path A2) is propaedeutic to International Economic and Environmental Law.
Business Administration (curriculum B) is propaedeutic to Corporate Finance.
Private Law and Private International Law (path B2) are propaedeutic to International Contracts and Arbitration Law.
International Law (path C2) is propaedeutic to International Economic Law
Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Study plan tutor
Internship tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts
  • Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/relint
  • Degree Course Email
    relint@unimi.it
    Martedì/Tuesday h. 16.30-18.00, stanza/room 27 (III piano/floor), Dipartimento di Studi internazionali, giuridici e storico-politici, via Conservatorio 7, 20122 Milano.
  • Tutors of Study Programme:
    Dott.ssa Francesca Cerutti, Dott. Edoardo Benvenuti
  • Tutor of Study Programme for International Students:
    Dott.ssa Lenka Válková
  • Professor responsible for Internship:
    Prof. Andrea Carati
  • Professor responsible for Post-graduate guidance:
    Prof. Simone Dossi

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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