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To understand and master the theories of relations between states, opt for an MSc in Diplomacy and International Relations. HEIP gives you the opportunity to follow this professional training thanks to a 5-year curriculum. Find out how this MSc works and what its objectives are, as well as the opportunities available at the end of the course.

The MSc cycle1st and2nd year

HEIP offers an MSc in Diplomacy and International Relations. This is a professional training program that lasts 5 years. Students in the first year of the MSc program follow a core curriculum in international law, economics and finance… In addition to the lectures and tutorials, a research methodology seminar prepares students for the rest of the program. At the end of the first year, they complete their research thesis with the support of their research director. In addition, the training is carried out in the institution during the first year and includes an internship of 4 to 6 months.

From the second year onwards, students take their specialization according to their choice at the beginning of the curriculum, and they can switch to a sandwich course. They will, in fact, be introduced to in-depth knowledge about the option of their choice. HEIP offers several specializations subdivided into “international studies” or “political studies”. They can then go into geopolitics, law, economics, or any other option that will integrate them into the field of politics or international relations upon graduation. By entering the MSc program at HEIP, you will obtain your Msc degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the end of your program.

The objectives of this Mscen international relations and diplomacy

The main objective of the MSc in International Relations is to ensure the professional integration of students, in order to develop their expertise in their field. By choosing this path, you must have a professional project and the school will provide you with quality support to achieve it. Indeed, you build your professional project from year to year.

In principle, the courses are given in French, but the learning of modern languages predominates in the training. The professionalization component is designed to give you an understanding of security and defense issues. It gives you the necessary knowledge of international trade and regional integration.

With this master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, you will be able to combat ignorance and prejudice. You will be able to cope with the complexity of the world with your knowledge and skills. At the end of your studies in diplomacy and international relations, you will be able to master :

  • international and regional configurations ;
  • the conduct of diplomatic negotiations ;
  • implementation of international relations ;
  • practical and theoretical knowledge in geopolitics;
  • energy markets.

Who is this Msc in International Relations and Diplomacy for?

The MSc program at HEIP is designed for students interested in a career in diplomacy or international relations. The school nevertheless requires prerequisites in order to train students capable of carrying out a professional project. Indeed, to enter the first year of this MSc program, you must have 180 ECTS credits in hand or in the process of obtaining them (bac+3). To enter the second year of the MSc, you must have 240 ECTS credits (bac+4). Holders of anequivalentforeign degree are also accepted in the first year MSc. Your previous studies must be in one of the following areas:

  • political science;
  • humanities ;
  • legal sciences ;
  • social sciences ;
  • economic sciences.

What are the opportunities after studying diplomacy and international relations?

There are many opportunities after studying diplomacy and international relations, especially for students with a mature professional project. You can have a serious collaboration with public institutions, large private groups, but also consulting firms and embassies.

You can aspire to an executive position and this goal is attainable as soon as you have your MSc degree in hand. On average, 83% of students do not wait more than 6 months to enter the professional world at the end of their MSc program. Most receive €45,000 at the beginning of their career, and many choose to work abroad. They are most sought after in Europe and Africa for political communication or diplomatic and humanitarian missions.

This master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy also reassures ministerial offices about the knowledge and skills of their new recruits. They entrust them with complex studies and analyses. In public or private organizations, you can work as a :

  • magistrate;
  • parliamentary assistant ;
  • political or geopolitical analyst;
  • public affairs consultant ;
  • political and public grants manager ;
  • communication officer ;
  • advisor in charge of foresight, studies and speeches ;
  • Public affairs and lobbying expert ;
  • Analyst in the Security and International Development Department;
  • project leader;
  • legal advisor ;
  • assistant cooperation for cultural action ;
  • responsible for the international development of French companies in embassies.
Updated 12 March 2024