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Master of Arts in International Relations (MA)


This comprehensive programme is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and expertise in global affairs, international politics, and intercultural dynamics. This programme delves deeply into various subjects, including international diplomacy, global security, international economics, international law, and global governance.


  • To equip students with advanced knowledge of international relations theories and concepts.

  • To develop critical thinking, analytical, and research skills for addressing complex global issues.

  • To enhance cross-cultural communication and negotiation skills.

  • To prepare students for leadership roles in international organisations, diplomacy, policy analysis, and global affairs.


Career Opportunities:

  • Diplomat or Foreign Service Officer

  • Policy Analyst or International Relations Analyst

  • International Development Specialist

  • International Security Consultant

  • Global Affairs Researcher

  • International Trade Specialist

  • Journalist


Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of international relations theories and concepts.

  2. Analyse and formulate evidence-based solutions to complex global issues.

  3. Communicate effectively in cross-cultural and international contexts.

  4. Navigate diplomatic and negotiation processes with skill and expertise.

  5. Lead and contribute effectively to international organisations and global affairs initiatives.

  6. Conduct independent research on topics related to international relations.

Programme Brochure

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SWISS UMEF was founded in 1984, in accordance with Swiss Law, as a higher private education institution in Geneva and is institutionally accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Council, in accordance with the Higher Education Act (HEdA).


SWISS UMEF is also certified by EDUQUA (the Swiss quality label) and has programme accreditation by ACBSP and IACBE.


SWISS UMEF is proud to have been the first private federally accredited institution as a University of Applied Sciences Institute in Geneva.

  • Swiss Accreditation Council

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education

  • CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation

  • EduQua

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