International Relations & Diplomacy

Février 2023, Septembre 2023
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What is an MSc International Relations & Diplomacy?

The first year in Diplomacy & International Relations is also offered in English: International Relations & Diplomacy. The student will then be able to follow the MSc cycle 100% in English if he/she chooses to continue with the second year in International Business & Diplomacy.

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

The MSc International Relations & Diplomacy program

Première année

Courses are taught in English.

Major course topics:

  • International Relations since 1945
  • Empires and Nations
  • The post-bipolar world
  • French foreign policy
  • Diplomacy and international economy
  • Public international law
  • EU in the world
  • Political economy & development
  • Wars and conflicts
  • International justice
  • United nations & international organizations
  • Word experience report
  • LV1 english
  • LV2 – LV3 (German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, 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 International Relations & Diplomacy

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 International Relations & Diplomacy

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. The level of English will be evaluated during the entrance exam, so the candidate must have a good level of English.

Access requirements for the MSc International Relations & Diplomacy

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 International Relations & Diplomacy 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 International Relations & Diplomacy

Taux de réussite

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.


Classes are held at :

Campus Paris Cœur Défense 2

82 Esplanade du Général de Gaulle

92934 Paris La Défense


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 5 October 2022