Diplomacy and International Relations

Février 2023, Septembre 2023
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What is an MSc 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.

The MSc Diplomacy and International Relations program

First year

The courses are given in French.

Major course topics:

  • History of international relations
  • Empires and Nations
  • The post-bipolar world
  • France’s foreign policy
  • Diplomacy and international economy
  • Public International Law
  • Europe in the world
  • Economics and international finance
  • Wars and conflicts
  • International Justice
  • International organizations and the crisis of multilateralism
  • Work experience report
  • Methodology and research paper
  • LV1 English
  • LV2 – LV3 (German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese)

For this first year, there will be a common core of subjects and then specializations to choose from. At the end of the first year, students have a research paper to complete, 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.

The course of the MSc Diplomacy and International Relations

The year consists of:

  • lectures
  • TD (Tutored Work) courses in small groups
  • group work
  • e-learning
  • seminars
  • face-to-face courses

Throughout the year, students are evaluated through continuous assessment. At the end of each semester, mid-term exams, case studies or oral exams are the methods used to evaluate the students.

Each fundamental course (lectures) is associated with tutorials in small groups and specialized conferences.

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.

Each semester, in addition to lectures, seminars and tutorials, in French and English, students are accompanied in :

  • Their preparation for the professional world and the search for an internship (between 4 and 6 months)
  • In the realization of individual or collective projects
  • In the organization of a series of conferences around public figures.

The prerequisites of the MSc Diplomacy and International Relations

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.

Access requirements for the MSc Diplomacy and International Relations

To enter the MSc 1, the student must put together an application file and pass an oral exam. All the details are explained in the MSc Admission page.

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-enrollment platform is open from May 1 to July 16, 2022.

Tuition fees for the MSc Diplomacy and International Relations for the academic year 2022-2023

By YearSchool Fees
Year 170 € 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

Practical information about the MSc Diplomacy and International Relations

Success rate

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


All our speakers are lecturers or experts in their field.


The courses take place in Paris or Bordeaux:

Campus Paris Cœur Défense 2

82 Esplanade du Général de Gaulle

92934 Paris La Défense

Bordeaux Campus

Hangar 18, quai de Bacalan
33300 Bordeaux


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.

Referent for disability in Paris and Bordeaux:

Farida Cherkaoui


Referent for disability Lyon :

Karolina Paume


Updated 12 March 2024