Master of International Relations
The Master of International Relations (MIR) Programme is a prestigious, well-rounded and challenging program geared towards preparing ambitious students to take their place in the competitive International Relations marketplace, or to prepare students for further study in the field.

The Master degree program provides students with advanced training, by way of one year of coursework, practical work experience (internship) and an academic dissertation, in the general methods, scope, theories, and findings in the field of International Relations. The courses embrace various disciplinary traditions as the curriculum is taught by faculty members with varied backgrounds, including history, economics, political science, law, philosophy and sociology.

The Master Programme gives a systematic preparation for original postgraduate research or for a demanding international career; and it constitutes a program of training for those who have graduated in other fields and wish to transfer to International Relations.
Programme 2018
The curriculum schedule for the September 2018 intake will be shared soon. Below you will find a summary list of courses that will be offered as part of the theoretical – and skills content of the programme. For more information about the MIR programme and an impression of the courses that are offered, please see the MIR course schedule for Autumn 2018 here and the MIR Programme Handbook 2018 – 2019.
Application procedure
Requirements for English language proficiency
MIR Application guide
MIR Programme handbook
Tuition Policy
Programme Courses and Approach
GSD focuses very clearly on preparing individuals for a successful career within management-level positions within the public and private sectors, principally through its combined theoretical and practical approach in our teaching methods. We therefore offer a unique combination of conceptual courses focused on theory and the development of essential diplomatic skills.

The GSD curriculum is based on 3 main pillars:
1. International Relations
2. International Law
3. International Economics
Theoretical content – September 2018 intake

We offer a number of courses on specific topics such as:

Emerging Trends in International Trade
Diplomatic Negotiations; Policy, Practice, Procedures
Global Security
New Paradigms of International Relations
New Dynamics in Global Migration
Management of International Organisations & NGO’s
Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management
Humanitarian Law
Humanitarian Diplomacy; Strategy, Policy, Implementation
Diplomatic Skills content:

Key Leadership Skills
Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
Strategic Communications
Mediation, Dispute Settlement and Conflict Resolution
Political Rhetoric and Discourse Analysis
Media Communication
Leadership Communications & Public Speaking
Negotiation Techniques
Speaker and Presentation Skills
Analytical Thinking Skills
Decision-making skills
Programme Aim
The aim of the MIR programme is:

To prepare and develop graduates for a career in departments of government, politics, international relations, journalism and business
To develop students’ intellectual capabilities of analysis and interpretation, critical evaluation, selection and synthesis, reasoned argument, research and problem solving
To provide students with a research-active teaching environment which gives them an appropriate grounding in the study of international relations, including its political, social, and economic aspects
To examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact through a dynamic appreciation of different levels of analysis
To ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of international processes

To ensure that students acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of international processes
To ensure that students acquire a solid knowledge of theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, its major debates, its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study, and a critical appreciation of the essentially contested nature of politics in general and international relations in particular
To ensure that students acquire an advanced understanding of the relationship between theoretical, methodological, and empirical content of the issue-areas studied
To develop students’ general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills).
Master Student Profile
Average age: 26 years
Average languages spoken: 4
Type of original institution:

33% national universities
22% private universities
45% public universities
Educational background (majors):

International Relations
English Literature
Computer System/IT Studies
Nationalities GSD student body:

32% Europe
23% Asia Pacific
17% Africa
16% Americas
12% Middle East

Entry requirements
Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree. Whilst we accept applications from all varieties of undergraduate majors, a prior degree in international relations, history, social sciences, etc. will be an ideal preparation to commence your MIR studies at GSD.

As the language of instruction is English, you need to submit a proof of your language proficiency. To see the application guide with more details, please click here.
Graduation requirements
Successful completion of mandatory academic coursework and practical work experience thanks to the GSD Internship Programme will earn the MIR student 60 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points. The remaining 30 ECTS credits points, out of a total of 90 ECTS required include a significant independent research project (Master’s dissertation).


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