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Overview

The Master’s Programme in International Relations (REL) offers you an advanced and highly-qualified education in political, legal, economic, and historical disciplines from a global perspective.

As you engage this two-year learning experience, you will have the opportunity to pursue a broad range of coursework in academic fields such as International Law, International Institutions, Economics and Regulations, Geopolitics, History of International Relations, and Area Studies.

Our faculty devotes particular attention in equipping students with multidisciplinary and versatile knowledge that proves crucial for their future careers. Under this perspective, we value the ability to work with and benefit from diverse disciplines across the social sciences to ensure our students have access to the appropriate tools to tackle the greatest political questions of our time.

Teaching takes place in small classes, in order for you to interact and benefit from a close collaboration with our faculty members.

Courses are conceived to unpack leading approaches to analytical and methodological standards and you will be encouraged to develop a sense of inquiry, critique, and argument. Our Master Students have achieved entry into prestigious Ph.D. programs in Italy and abroad.

The skills we cultivate translate well to careers in both the public sector and private sector. As a graduate in International relations at the University of Milan, you will be given the necessary knowledge to start a successful career in the Foreign Services, International Organizations, national administrations, NGOs, companies with international outreach, financial institutions and consultancy firms.

Admission

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates holding Bachelor's and Master's degrees in relevant fields.

Successful applicants have adequate knowledge of three core subject fields:
- Law (preferably International Law and/or EU Law);
- History and/or Politics;
- Economics.
Proficiency in English is also required at level B2 or higher (TOEFL/IELTS certifications are accepted alongside the certifications listed at this link - the level must be B2 or higher in all cases).
Applicants holding foreign Bachelor's and Master's degrees applying to curriculum A and curriculum B without valid certification can prove Italian proficiency at level B2 by passing the Italian Test at the SLAM on September 5, 2019. There is no preparation course for the test. Enrollment at Eventbrite.

No Italian Language proficiency is required for attending curriculum C and E of the Programme. Applicants for curricula A, B, or D, shall prove Italian Language proficiency at level B2 or higher.

We may use some flexibility in evaluating each requirement, in order to accommodate the differences among academic systems. Nevertheless, the substance of the preparation must be in line with the level of the teaching delivered. Depending on your background, you may be required to sit an admission test.

If you believe that your background meets our entry requirements, feel free to apply here.

Applications for the September 2019 intake will be accepted starting 1st March 2019 and until 13 September 2019 at 12pm. Early applications are strongly encouraged from those who wish to be considered for scholarships. Applications for the September 2020 intake will be accepted starting March 2020.

Please consider that the deadlines for ‘pre-application’ and immigration procedures may differ. For full information on the deadlines, please refer to this website.

Prospective candidates holding an Italian degree shall refer to the requirements for Italian candidates.

Programme Structure

The Master’s Program is organized into four specialization tracks (called ‘curricula’):

A. Diplomacy and International Organisations
B. International Trade and European Integration
C. International Politics and Regional Dynamics (taught in English)
D. International Cooperation and Transnational Social Processes (active for the 2nd year only)
E. International Cooperation and Human Rights (taught in English)

Proficiency in Italian is only required for curricula A, B, and D.

The curriculum is chosen by the candidate at the moment of the application. The 'sub-curricula' of curricula A and B are assigned by the Admission Committee in light of each student’s previous career.
CURRICULUM A – DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
1st Year ECTS
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9
Foreign Policy Analysis 6
Diplomatic and Consular Law 9
Finance for International Organization 6
Geopolitics 6
Upon admission students are indicated the most suitable path:
Sub-curriculum A1 – 6 ECTS in one of the following courses:
Comparative Constitutional Law 6
International Law of Armed Conflict 6
Sub-curriculum A2 – 6 ECTS in the following course:
International Organisation Law 6
Second Year ECTS
International Economic and Environmental Law 9
International Monetary Economics 9
History of International Politics 9


CURRICULUM B – INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
First Year ECTS
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9
Business Economics 6
European Regulatory Economics 6
Upon admission students are indicated the most suitable path:
Sub-curriculum B1 – 21 ECTS in the following courses:
International Financial Markets Law (second unit) 6
Comparative Legal Systems 9
Financial Markets and Financial Crises: a Historical Approach 6
Sub-curriculum B2 – 21 ECTS in the following courses:
International Law of Trade and Intellectual Property 9
Private Law 6
Private International Law 6
Second Year ECTS
International Contracts and Arbitration Law 9
Single Market and Competition Law - First Unit 9
Corporate Finance 9


Curriculum C - INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND REGIONAL DYNAMICS
1st year ECTS
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9
Geopolitics of the Contemporary International System 9
International Monetary Economics 6
History of Regional Integrations 6
Students must obtain 6 ECTS in one of the following courses:
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6
American History and Politics 6
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6
International Relations of East Asia 6
Upon admission students are indicated the most suitable path:
path C1 - Students must obtain 9 ECTS in the following course:
International Law of Armed Conflict 9
path C2 - Students must obtain 9 ECTS in the following course:
International Law 9
2nd year ECTS
International Economic Law 6
Constitution-Building and Transition to Democracy 6
International Political Thought 6
Students must obtain 6 ECTS in one of the following courses (different from the first year’s one):
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6
American History and Politics 6
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6
International Relations of East Asia 6



CURRICULUM D – INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL PROCESSES
First Year ECTS
English Language II 9
International Law of Trade and Intellectual Property 9
International Monetary Economics 6
Migration Policies 6
Human Rights and Cultural Diversity 6
Global Societies 6
Anthropology of Human Rights 6
Second Year ECTS
Global Crime 6
Evaluation and Design of Development Policies 6
6 ECTS in one of the following courses:
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6
American History and Politics 6
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6
Storia, Istituzioni e Diritti dell’America latina 6
International Relations of East Asia 6



Curriculum E - INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS (in English)
1st year ECTS
Legal and Academic Discourse in English 9
International Human Rights Law 9
Development Policies 6
Immigration Policies 9
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights 6
Global Networks 6
Theories of Justice and Human Rights 6
2nd year ECTS
Global Criminal Organizations 6
Design and Evaluation of Development Policies 6
Students must obtain 6 ECTS in one of the following courses:
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6
American History and Politics 6
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6
International Relations of East Asia 6



FURTHER COMPULSORY LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Learning Activities ECTS
Elective credits 9
Internship (or Advanced Foreign Language) 9
Advanced Computer Skills Assessment 3
Students must obtain 9 ECTS in one of the following courses:
Arabic; Chinese; French; German; Japanese; Russian; Spanish
Final dissertation 21



Prerequisites

Diritto delle Organizzazioni internazionali (percorso A2) is preparatory to Diritto internazionale dell’economia e dell’ambiente.
Economia aziendale (curriculum B) is preparatory to Finanza aziendale.
Diritto privato and Diritto internazionale privato (percorso B2) are preparatory to Diritto dei contratti internazionali e dell’arbitrato.

Fees and Financial Aid

For information visit the fees and exemption page in the UNIMI website.

Study Plan

Students shall present their Study Plan within the deadlines published on the UNIMI website. Please consider that the Study Plan shall be consistent with the possible course amendments demanded by the Admission Committe upon admission.

Erasmus+

The University of Milan supports the international mobility of its students, by offering them the possibility to spend study and training periods abroad, unique occasions to enrich their curricula in an international context.
Besides participating in the European programme Erasmus+ that allows students to attend bachelor and master courses in one of the 300 partner universities, the University also offers doctoral courses in partnership with foreign institutions and periods of study and training promoted by other national, EU and international educational organisations.
For more information on programmes – requirements, terms and how to participate contact our International Relations Office, the gateway for all students interested in enriching their curricula by spending a period of study or traineeship in Europe and in the rest of the world.

For information on outgoing mobility (UniMi students interested in a study/training period abroad)
Responsible for REL: Prof. Piero Graglia
University central office: International Relations Office
With particular regards to Erasmus + programs

Internship

The Master's Programme in International Relation requires students to carry out an internship for a total amount of at least 9 CFU (225 working hours).

For information on internships, please make reference to the COSP website . International Relations students may also contact Prof. Andrea Carati.

Careers Services

The University of Milan offers its students information and assistance to enter the labor market.
More specifically, our Study and Career Guidance Centre (COSP) provides information concerning internship and entry-level positions (from internship offers and presenting applications to serving internships with institutions and private companies).

University students and graduates (of not more than 12 months) who are interested in applying for an internship with an institution or company can consult job notice board and submit their curriculum from unimia - student portal.
Students and graduates seeking a job can also take advantage of the COSP through its Almalaurea service . The service, which is also run by the COSP, is accessed by companies that are looking for personnel, and allows graduates to publish and update their curricula in order to provide a complete picture of their academic and professional profiles.

The database also contains the information that is available from the University’s official archives (personal information and academic records, including thesis title).
Students and graduates can add details about their knowledge of foreign languages, computer knowledge and professional experience and aspirations.
University of Milan students and graduates can consult job and internship offers by institutions and companies from unimia-student portal.

For more information

COSP - Study and Career Guidance Centre
Tel. +39 02 503.12568
cosp@unimi.it

Contacts and links

For information concerning the administrative aspects of your application, the enrolment procedure, fees and financial aid, and the related administrative and immigration procedures, please refer to international.students@unimi.it.

For any other information please refer to the tutors of the Master's Programme. Email address: relint@unimi.it. Office hours of the tutors: on Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6 pm, Room 27 (3rd floor), Department of International Legal, Historical and Political Studies, via Conservatorio 7, 20122 Milan.

Complaints can be addressed to the Head of studies (Prof. Francesca C. Villata, francesca.villata@unimi.it) or to the tutors (relint@unimi.it).

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NEWS

REL TUTORS - OFFICE HOURS CANCELLED ON SEPT. 17TH

Office hours will not take place on September 17th, due to the admission procedures for academic year 2019-2020. The next office hours will regularly take place on Tuesday, September 24th from 16:30 to 18:00.

REL Tutors’ office hours summer

Office hours will not take place on Tuesdays 6, 13, 20, and 27 of August.
Office hours will start regularly on September 3, 4:30 PM.

4 June - Office hours of Tutors of REL cancelled

Office hours will not take place on 4 June. The next office hours will take place on Tuesday, 11 June. For any inquiries, please consult the tutors of REL during the Info Day which be held on Saturday, 8 June at 9.30 am in room 5, Via Conservatorio 7, Milan.

Semester at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul

UNIMI is now selecting up to 3 students of the REL or GOV Master's Programmes for a semester at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), in Seoul, during the next academic year. Applications must be submitted by April 10th at 12.00 as reported in the call: http://www.unimi.it/ateneo/formint/105792.htm

Semester at the Renmin University of China, 2019-20

Since the academic year 2017-18, the University of Milan and the School of Business of Renmin University of China (RBS) have agreed on a student exchange programme. UNIMI is now selecting up to 3 students of the REL Master's Programme for a semester at RBS during the next academic year. Applications must be submitted by March 15th at 12.00 as reported in the call: http://www.unimi.it/ateneo/formint/105792.htm For further information on the exchange agreement and the application procedure, please contact the REL Tutors (relint@unimi.it). For an introduction to the host university, please see the RBS Handbook for Exchange Students.

Course evaluation survey

Students are encouraged to fill in the Course evaluation survey, a tool for the constant improvement of our study courses. Further information available here.

REL Tutors - Office hours cancelled

Office hours will not take place on September 18th, due to the admission procedures for academic year 2018-19. The next office hours will take place on Tuesday, September 25th.

REL Tutors’ office hours summer

On Tuesday August 7, office hours will take place between 3 PM and 4 PM.
Office hours will not take place on Tuesdays 14, 21, and 28 of August.
Office hours will start regularly on September 4, 4:30 PM.


Semester at the Renmin University of China

Since the academic year 2017-18, the University of Milan and the School of Business of Renmin University of China (RBS) have agreed on a student exchange programme. UNIMI is now selecting up to 3 students of the REL Master's Programme for a semester at RBS during the next academic year (September-December 2018), with the possibility of a monthly allowance and a lump sum to cover international travel costs. Applications must be submitted by April 11th at 12.00 as reported in the call: http://www.unimi.it/ateneo/formint/105792.htm For further information on the exchange agreement and the application procedure, please contact the REL Tutors (relint@unimi.it). For an introduction to the host university, please see the RBS Handbook for Exchange Students.

Applications 2018-19

Applications for academic year 2018-19 are now open and will be accepted until 14 September at 12.00 CET.

Office hours

Office hours of the REL Tutors will not take place on March 27th and April 3rd and will resume on April 10th.

Entry requirements evaluation

All candidates holding an Italian Bachelor’s Degree who applied or plan to apply to the Master’s Programme in International Relations between 1 and 12 September 2017 are kindly invited to present themselves on 13 September 2017 at 9.00 in Classroom 11 (Via Conservatorio 7, Milan) for the assessment of the entry requirements ahead of the admission test. To this end, it is necessary that all candidates bring their bachelor’s transcript of records including ECTS, scientific sectors and grade for each exam. This communication does not address candidates holding a foreign bachelor degree and those candidates who are already in contact with the Tutors.

Tutors' Office Hours August

Office Hours of the REL tutors in August 2017:

1 August: regular
8 august: 3pm-4pm
15, 22, and 29 August: annulled

Office hours will resume on 5 September.

The email information service will be carried out throughout August.


Application Deadline

Applications to the Master’s Programme in International Relations shall be submitted by 12 September 2017 at 12pm (Rome Time). In order to facilitate the evaluation of the entry requirements and to speed up the check in process to the written admission test of 13 September, all prospective students are warmly encouraged to apply by 31 August.

Academic workshops

Design your research: Skills and methodologies in IR / a.y. 2018-19


Methods are fundamental to produce rigorous research in academia, Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs), International Organizations (IOs) and think tanks. We aim to acquaint students with the necessary skills to work in the field of International Relations (IR). More specifically, we offer an overview of the most up-to-date research methods and highlight useful skills for the job market. Finally, we engage students in a discussion on their theses in order to suggest possible adjustments and improvements.

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Colombo
Teachers: Matteo Casiraghi, Matteo Colombo, Valerio Vignoli

Dates: April 11 - June 20, 2019

Detailed presentation here.