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Welcome to the Master of Arts International Relations

Master IR in a nutshell

  • 2-year, research-oriented Master's programme in cooperation between Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Potsdam

  • Extensive range of courses through the cooperation of three renowned universities

  • Theoretical and practical preparation for the complexity of world politics

  • Career prospects in politics & policy consulting, business & academia and the civil service

  • Study and live in Berlin and Potsdam

The Master's programme in International Relations (MAIB) is an ambitious and highly recognized Master-program. This claim is also reflected in its international profile. Many of our students have completed their first degree abroad, and there are also attractive opportunities to study outside Germany during your studies. For its innovative concept, high-quality teaching and the convincing international orientation, the MAIB received a quality label of the German Academic Exchange Service and the Stifterverband promoting German science. It was named one of the ten best international Master's programmes in Germany.

The programme provides you with in-depth academic and professional knowledge in the field of international relations. Thanks to the cooperation between three universities, you will benefit from an extremely comprehensive and diverse range of courses, which cover a broad spectrum of different theoretical, thematic and regional focal points. The focus of the program is on:

  • International organisations and institutions

  • Political economy and international economic relations

  • Transformation research

  • Comparative foreign policy and regional analyses

  • EU Studies

  • Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Security Policy

  • Methods of empirical social research