International Relations (REL)

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
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 and entrance exam for candidates who earned their Bachelor’s degree in Italy

Attention: Prospective students holding a degree from a foreign institution should refer to the requirements for foreign applicants (note: Italian citizenship or residency is not relevant for purposes of vetting admission requirements).

Access to the Master’s Degree programme in International Relations is contingent on the following requirements, all of which must be met:

  1. meeting the admission criteria (which include academic-career and curricular requirements)
  2. passing an entrance exam intended to assess the applicant’s basic knowledge.

Degrees eligible for enrolment into the programme:

  • Bachelor’s degree programmes in: Philosophy (L-5), Geography (L-6), Literature (L-10), Modern language and culture (L-11), Linguistic mediation (L-12), Legal services studies (L-14), Tourism studies (L-15), Administrative and organisational studies (L- 16), Business administration (L-18), Communication (L-20), Economics (L-33), Political science and international relations (L-36), Social studies in cooperation, development, and peace (L-37), Social work (L-39), History (L-42) and in the corresponding classes contemplated under Ministerial Decree no. 509/99, degrees in other classes, four-year degree programmes, Master’s or two-year programmes earned abroad and recognised by the University, pursuant to a resolution by the academic board, provided that the candidate has earned a certain number of credits in certain academic fields as specified in the Study Programme .

Entrance exam

  • Student aptitude will be assessed through an entrance exam.

English-language proficiency

English-language proficiency at or above B2 Level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CFER).

Such proficiency may be assessed at enrolment upon submitting a  valid certificate, recognised by the University , or through a Placement test administered by SLAM - University Language Centre, which is given in September.

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.

Highly recommended, not mandatory

Courses list

First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Geografia economica internazionale 6 40 Italian M-GGR/02 SPS/04
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9 60 Italian L-LIN/12
Optional
Diritto delle organizzazioni internazionali 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
Foreign Policy Analysis 6 40 Italian SPS/04
Geopolitics 6 40 Italian SPS/04
Optional
Diritto costituzionale comparato 9 60 Italian IUS/21
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 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
Diritto costituzionale comparato 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
Diritto delle organizzazioni internazionali 9 60 Italian First trimester IUS/13
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
International Economic and Environmental Law 9 60 Italian IUS/13
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Japanese 9 60 Italian L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
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 First trimester L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian First trimester L-OR/21
French 9 60 French First trimester L-LIN/04
Japanese 9 60 Italian First trimester L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian First trimester L-LIN/21
German 9 60 Italian Second trimester L-LIN/14
Spanish 9 60 Spanish Third trimester L-LIN/07
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian INF/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian 3 20 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
Diritto privato comparato 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
Diritto privato comparato 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
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
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
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Japanese 9 60 Italian L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
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 First trimester L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian First trimester L-OR/21
French 9 60 French First trimester L-LIN/04
Japanese 9 60 Italian First trimester L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian First trimester L-LIN/21
German 9 60 Italian Second trimester L-LIN/14
Spanish 9 60 Spanish Third trimester L-LIN/07
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian INF/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian 3 20 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
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Japanese 9 60 Italian L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
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 First trimester L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian First trimester L-OR/21
French 9 60 French First trimester L-LIN/04
Japanese 9 60 Italian First trimester L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian First trimester L-LIN/21
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
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian INF/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian 3 20 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
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global Criminal Organizations 6 40 English SPS/09
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Japanese 9 60 Italian L-OR/22
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
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
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Computer skills test 3 20 Italian INF/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian 3 20 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
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Study plan tutor
Internship tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts
  • 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
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  • 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

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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