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Master of International Relations 


The Master in International Relations curriculum has a multi-disciplinary scope. Required courses cover the core disciplines of international relations, political science, economics, international law, international organisations, and diplomacy.

Participants focus on current affairs relating to international relations, economic development, and the complexity of negotiations, as well as the functioning of international institutions.

Students examine the dynamics, structural features, humanitarian issues, international politics and international economics within the global community.


The programme offers students a comprehensive approach to the present international context including the political, economic, developmental and industrial scenes. It builds leadership skills for managers in international organisations, in the corporate world and in the non-profit sector.



At the end of their training, participants can occupy positions requiring complex decisions in international organisations, political institutions or corporations with international activity.  All activities requiring a sustainable strategy are career targets.


Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the practices of international relations and diplomacy based on economics, social theory, social science research methods, geopolitics, international crisis management, humanitarian intervention and conflict resolution, all factors which determine politics in international relations.

  2. Have a critical understanding of the basic premodern and modern histories of world powers.

  3. Understand the main concepts of international relations, including power, the international system, the balance of power, hegemony, conflicts, cooperation, integration, globalisation, interdependence, dependence, regimes, equality, justice, sustainable development, political economy and international trade.

  4. Identify the key players in international relations: states, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, transnational companies and civil society.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of key dimensions, events and key processes of international relations in a historical context such as the formation of the modern state, the evolution of capitalism, the origins of the Cold War, the system that followed the end of the Cold War, the role of race, gender and class in the structure of the modern world.

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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 IACBE.


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