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International Relations, MSc in Social Sciences

Master (2 years) of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences, International Relations, Development Studies, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Interdisciplinary Studies

Institution Aalborg University (AAU)
Campus Aalborg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3310 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The Master´s programme in International Relations aims at providing an interdisciplinary and critical insight in studies of development and international relations from a social sciences' perspective.

Graduates will acquire knowledge about various theoretical approaches to the study of development and international relations, ability to analyse aspects of economic, cultural, political and societal developments from an interdisciplinary perspective, and benefit from the experience of working in an intercultural environment derived both from participation in the international degree program at Aalborg University and from an internship.

Students are able to choose one of the following elctive profiles and specialization: 
  • EU Studies
  • Global China Studies (GCS)
  • Global Gender Studies (GGC)
You can read more about the profiles here:

In Copenhagen, the program is offered with a mandatory specialization in Global Refugee Studies

Career Opportunities  

Students from the IR programme find jobs in many different sectors. The private sector is an important job market where International Relations graduates work on issues related to for instance international markets, sustainability, gender policies, and lobbying. Many graduates are also employed in public administration on both a national and regional level as well as in consulates and embassies around the globe. International organisations like the UN and the EU are also important career goals for our graduates, who often begin their international careers in NGO’s and civil society organizations. For some students it may lead to PhD studies or a career in teaching and research.

About the Degree

It is possible to study International Relations for one or two semesters as a guest/exchange student. Guest/exchange students studying two semesters will obtain a one-year specialization Diploma. Note that guest/exchange students who are admitted for one semester will only obtain academic credits but not the diploma.


Admission presupposes a relevant Bachelor Degree. Most Social science bachelors are deemed relevant. While a bachelor’s degree in a social science for instance economics, international relations or political science is directly relevant, other degrees such as history, geography, international studies, law or anthropology are equally qualified for admission.

In addition, documentation will be required verifying an English proficiency at a specified level. 
Read about the language requirements of Aalborg University

Apply directly at Aalborg University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aalborg University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn | Non-EU and EU applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01


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