Diplomacy & International Relations

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MSc Cycle1st year – International Studies

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Diplomacy and International Relations

This first year allows students to acquire and master the traditional approach to the study of international relations and the mechanisms of contemporary diplomacy. The courses explore in depth the political, legal and economic aspects of the foreign relations of states, but also of the European Union. The MSc Diplomacy & International Relations program provides rapid access to positions of responsibility in the private and public sectors: political analysts, consultants, and researchers in ministries or embassies.

This first year of the MSc International Studies cycle is professionalizing, the student has to do several months of internship.

During the first year, HEIP encourages its students to carry out their professional experience in an NGO, a company or a public institution in order to further their career plans. In the second year, they will have a real goal of professional integration. Each field of expertise continues into the second year of the MSc program in one of the specializations offered or as part of a double degree with one of our partners.

Beware! The international admission procedure only concerns you if you are not a French citizen and you live outside of France.


First year

The courses are given in French.

Applications for the first year of the MSc program are open to holders of or in the process of obtaining a BAC+3 (180 ECTS) or an equivalent foreign degree.

Major course topics:

UE1 : Analyse de l’état du monde

  • History of international relations
  • Empires and Nations
  • The post-bipolar world

UE2 : Négociations et relations internationales

  • France’s foreign policy
  • Diplomacy and international economy
  • Public International Law

UE3 : Coopération et développement

  • International organizations and the crisis of multilateralism
  • Europe in the world
  • Economics and international finance

UE4 : Crises et conflits

  • Wars and conflicts
  • International Justice

UE5 : Méthodes et compétences professionnelles

  • Modern languages
  • Work experience report
  • Methodology and research paper

UE6 : Spécialisation

  • Geopolitics of Energy
  • IR & Climate Change
  • Geostrategic Issues

For this first year, there will be a common core of subjects and then specializations to be chosen according to the course for which the student has registered.

At the end of the first year of the MSc program, students have to complete a 60 to 100 page research paper, for which they are accompanied by a research director, a specialist in the field. They are prepared in the framework of a research methodology seminar.

Pré requis

Applications for the first year of the MSc program are open to holders of or in the process of obtaining a BAC+3 (180 ECTS) or an equivalent foreign degree in humanities, law, social sciences, politics or economics.

Méthodes mobilisées

The courses are lectures and tutorials in small groups. There is also group work and e-learning with assessments at the end of each semester.

The evaluation methods of the training are as follows: continuous assessment throughout the year and mid-term exams at the end of the semester. For the first year of the MSc program, there will be a thesis to be handed in at the end of the program and an oral presentation before a jury.


All our speakers are lecturers or experts in their field.

Les cours ont lieu

at Hangar 18, quai de Bacalan 33300 Bordeaux

Modalités et délais d’accès

If a new student: the candidate obtains the results of the competition 4 weeks after presenting his/her file to a jury

If you are a former HEIP student: the re-enrolment platform is open from May 1 to July 16, 2022


The HEIP admission process is accessible to people with physical disabilities since the competition is 100% online.

For people with invisible or mental disabilities, the admission teams may adapt the tests.

All HEIP campuses (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and London) are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Expérience professionnelle

Semester 2: 4 to 6 month internship.

Niveau de performance

For the MSc, the rate of integration into employment is within 6 months after graduation, i.e. 83% (year 2020).


1st year ” Diplomacy and International Relations ” :

70 € of file fees

8 800 € with a reservation deposit of 1 100 €.

92 € CVEC tax to be paid before the start of the school year following registration

Rates updated on April 22, 2022

Updated 12 March 2024